Barion cushion cut with step crown, browned orange.#1119

A great Barion cut with stepped crown, browned orange. This Barion cut appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal. The dravite is only a bit dichroic and the browned oranges are mixed very well by the cut. It weighs 3.60 carats and is a unique piece in the collection.

This a beautiful stone that is unique in the collection.  It is a dravite because of the brown overtone, but it is most unusual because it is only slightly dichroic.  The principle (c) axis is only a shade or so darker than the a/b axis in orange while the brown overtone seems universal.  The Barion cushion pavilion mixes the the two colors well and gives great radiating flash, clearly seen threw the two rows of step facets on the crown.  This along with fine crystal and an eye clean demeanor makes a really modern looking stone.  It weighs 3.60 carats.


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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