Celery juice in a tourmaline emerald cut.#1018


Celery juice for a color, Emerald cut. This eye clean, nice bright emerald cut has a pale green color with a touch of difference. It weighs 2.49 carats.

Celery juice was squeezed out of me when I saw this tourmaline.  Now I know it is a tourmaline,  but this is a jester moment.  I would definitely think that this was a beryl if I didn’t know better.  The gemstone has good crystal and is not dichroic, so there are very few clues to its identity without testing.  I know it is not a beryl, in part, because beryl can not stand being polished the way I finish tourmaline, but no laboratory would use that test.  A simple Index of Refraction test would do the trick in this and in most cases to nail tourmaline.

The posted stone weighs 2.49 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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