Anyone for ice T, Almost colorless bi-color

 

Pale bi-color from Afghanistan I call Ice-T Flawless emerald cut, ground from a very pale bi-color from Afghanistan. Larger ring size.

 

Very pale to moderately toned tourmaline is not rare from Afghanistan.  Much of the material is not flawless, but its “crystal quality” transparency is usually excellent.  The emerald cut was cut from the largest and cleanest piece of rough in a lot that I obtained.  It was one of the paler pieces, but its flawlessness and balance of color made it stand out.  My only concern in cutting it was whether the finished stone would be rich enough to easily see its bi-color nature.  Well it did barely make it and I call its group and other very pale pastel tourmalines ,  Ice-T and it is a sweet stone that I brewed up here.  It is a larger ring size and with as much depth as I could get from the rough to enhance its color.

 

Bruce

About Bruce Fry

I was born in Summit, NJ in 1947 and graduated from Summit High School in 1966. I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1970 and after spending another year in graduate school, I left to see the world of Brazil. After spending some more time discovering myself, I ended up working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 32 years as an Air Quality Engineer in the Department of Environmental Protection. I retired in 2007 and took up faceting gemstones again after a long hiatus that reached back to my twenties. I had started cutting cabochons when I was 13 and bought my first faceting machine when I was 15, but ran out of money and time until I retired.
My great love in gemology is tourmaline and the collection presented here represents my effort to get as much beauty and variety in the colors of tourmaline as I can. I was particularly lucky in being able to get unheated cuprian tourmaline before copper was discovered in gem grade tourmaline from Mozambique.

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