Beautiful tricolor, pastel blue green, colorless, pink emerald cut. Afghan #80

Beautiful, eye clean, tricolor from Afghanistan.  #80 This tricolor, blue green, colorless and pink, gemstone is beautiful. It is a classic ensemble from Afghanistan. I particularly like the dominant blue green color. It weighs 3.35 carats.

This is a beautiful gemstone and the largest of the three examples I got threw a dealer that had direct connections with Afghanistan.  He was also a cutter, but had found them too fragile for his heavy hand.  I was successful with all three in keeping them together, but I had to cut them very slowly.

I am particularly drawn to the gemstones by their exceptional pretty blue green end that dominates the tricolors.  It dominates not only its end of the crystal, but by being reflected down the long axis of this long ratio emerald cut, you see the blue green in a pagoda shaped reflection in the pink end.  The gemstone appears to be eye clean and has excellent crystal.  I love this 3.35 carat example of the wonderful world of color in tourmaline.


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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