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.