Bicolor IceT beverage only for the faint hearted.

Faintly colored IceT bicolor emerald cut. About one third of this emerald cut is faint blue and two thirds faint pink. It is completely eye clean and has great crystal. This makes a very bright 2.34 carat gemstone that is unique in the collection.

I once bought a second round of pale colored tourmaline from Afghanistan for business reasons that did not pan out.  I cut most of the first batch into included rounds that I have presented and written about a number of times.  I returned most of the second lot, but I did keep the piece of rough that became this posted stone.  It was the only piece of tourmaline that had not broken apart at the junction between the faintly colored blue side and the faintly colored pink side of the original bicolors.  The piece of tourmaline I kept stood out like a sore thumb, because it was by far the palest piece and was completely pure.

Something different can drive me to take risks with tourmaline.  That is true, but rather an understatement at times.  What odds would you give me that this very pale bicolor will stay together when all the other crystals in the lots fell apart?  And the pieces that would be formed by the breaking of the bicolor piece would be in essence colorless and of little value.  This was not for the faint of heart, but I forged ahead even after I had already spent more money on the lots of included rough than I wanted to.

Since you’ve seen the picture at the top of the page and probably figured out that there would be no post with a successful ending.  I break the news the IceT bicolor was born without any problems.  It cut and polished into a supremely bright gem that is about two thirds faint pink and one third faint blue.  I have nothing in the collect that has such a low tone level without my declaration that it is an Achroite (colorless tourmaline).

The finished emerald cut weighs 2.34 carats.  It stayed completely pure and its crystal is exceptional.  It is all that I could have ask from the rough, so my gamble paid off.   To put this context, outside of tourmaline I am not a gambler.


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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