Bright Light Pink Shield Cut


Light Pink Shield Cut This very common colored, pink, shield cut weighs 1.69 carats. It is clean and with no noticeable dichroism.

This shade of pink with a light tone level is common in tourmaline rough coming out of Africa now (2013).  It is also not noticeably dichroic and is eye clean.  The thing that I notice about this gemstone, that set it apart, is its cut,  I would have more shield cuts in the collection, but it is difficult to find rough that has the corners that permit a good yield.  The cut itself is simple and I adjust it shamelessly, except for the critical angles at the culet.   I have to admit that my color eye is rather tired of this stone’s color presentation.  Still tourmaline is the best reasonably affordable naturally available pink gemstone and an October birth stone.



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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