Dark Ends and Passionate Green Emerald Cut

Average emerald cut with closed ends, but superior green color This closed ended emerald cut has bands of great green color in the central part of the gemstone. It is eye clean with great crystal and weighs 3.24 carats.

In tourmaline it isn’t always easy being green.  You may have closed ends and have a problem finding a cut, outside of an emerald cut.  Even when properly cut, your window of transparency and flash is limited and rejection can follow.  And your open ended brothers may fail to make a critical review, because they tend to have more inclusions than the “official” designation of green tourmaline being a typically flawless variety of tourmaline.  And finally there is a lot of green out there that just isn’t a very nice green.  It can be a tough neighborhood.

Well the posted stone came threw the cutting process with its purity intact.  Its naturally beautiful green color is express in an emerald cut, by necessity, but this gemstone has not given up the fight for a spot in someone heart.   I did give out one more liability to the emerald cut, with its pluses and minuses.  I cut the ends of the emerald cut with normal angles for open ended tourmaline.  This caused the darkness to creep a little closed to the center, lets the corner be smaller and less invasive.  It also improves what flash you get in the ends, in my opinion.

This eye clean emerald cut with bands of bright green color threw the central part of the gemstone weighs 3.24 carats.  It is a classic green tourmaline with closed to semi-closed ends.


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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