Can a Yellow be Cold, no! I Am Green Round#1083


Yellow, with a side order of green, round This deep round gemstone has a even color that shifts around the greenish side of mostly yellow. It is eye clean and weighs a hefty 3.53 carats for its girth, because of the modified step cut crown.

The transition between yellow and green is a variable one with people.  Lighting also makes a major impact on whether the tourmaline looks greenish or not.  Then I look at the box and check the stone away from the yellowish light, I realize that I am looking at a yellow to green transition tourmaline.  I look at them differently than most sliders because you can almost tell the time of day it is, when you have sunshine, by how much green they have in their color.  This goes beyond shifting color in response to a change from natural light to artificial light.

This round is cut with a deep modified step crown and even with that added depth, its tone level is so light that is should be in the IceT group  Though it looks more like really watered down lemonade.  If it sound like I am struggling with color, I am.  Gemstones with very pale tone levels and complex colors can be difficult to place in the color wheel.  Anyway this stone is bright, eye clean and has a nice weight of 3.53 carats.


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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