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.