Beige on a different axis with a secret, oval.#1045


A  twisted beige oval This beige is made up of a green and a pink mixed together. The axis of this gemstone are also 90 degrees from normal. All and all a very unusual stone that is clean and bright and weighs 3.26 carats,

Thank goodness I just followed my own advice.  Face up I am looking at a rather paler stone with a darker middle and light pastel ends.  This means that the c axis which usually goes down the long axis of an oval is 90 degrees out of the expected.  I have talked about my insecurities with beige and I wanted to check if the cream to wheat color had a touch of pink to make me fill more secure about beige.  As I tilted the stone off face up, there was the pink.  But stronger than I expected so I made the plunge.  I turned the stone completely over, not really that big a deal, and what did I see, but green around the girdle. Now it is all clear to me.  The gemstone is really a closet bi-color that mixes its two hues, a light toned green and a light toned pink together to make a perfect beige.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs 3.26 carats.  And I thought I would have little to say about this gemstone when I first glanced at it in the tray.  But now I even remember the rough which was tumbled polished and really did not give any other options for orienting the gemstone without an unacceptable weight loss.  I really did not know how it would come out, but I like it and it has a good story.


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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