Deep, well saturated, pastel yellow, round.#1102

Deeply cut, round, that has a fine pastel yellow without green, color. This yellow round has pastel punch. The deep cut draws you into a very flashy world without a green overtone. It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal. It weighs 3,10 carats.

I have posted enough of the collection by now for my loyal readers to realized that yellow is a passion of mine and probably the scarcest well saturated primary color in my collection.  I am talking about yellows that have won the battle with their green side under reasonable lighting conditions.  Most of the yellow pieces I do have are varying degrees of pastel, like the rough  for this gemstone.

Faced with a lightly toned, pastel yellow piece of rough that was quite deep, I decided to give it the full treatment.  I have to admit that the potential size of the finished gemstone was on the small size for too many facets, but it needed as much depth retained as possible.  I therefor chose to cut the pavilion with horizontal split mains and the crown with a modified step cut.  I have found that this arrangement both produces a very bright pretty gemstone and enhances the tone value of pastel stones as much as possible.  So how did my effort turn out.

This very deep gemstone round seems to draw you into a flashing cave of pure pastel yellow.  The gemstone never lets you see movement without flash or bothers you with an unsightly inclusion or flaw,  Its medium toned yellow is well saturated and without a hint of green, even under adverse lighting conditions (reasonable).  I give this 3.10 carat round high marks in everything but the easy in mounting this deep gemstone in a mounting.


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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