This delightful gemstone owes much of its interest to the increased depth and bright flash created by a different cut, than the standard round brilliant. This cut consists of eight horizontally split mains for a pavilion and a modified two row step cut on the crown. I modify the crown’s step cut by putting a lower angle facet between each of the eight mains that levels the girdle and reaches about one half of the way across the top row of the step cut. It does not reach the table. I use this combination of crown and pavilion only on rough that has a light enough tone level to benefit from the great depth of the stone and not to just try and retain weight. This is because the standard round brilliant has a great variety of commercial settings that can be easily used with them, while the modified brilliant would require a custom designed setting. Also the standard round brilliant cut, when made with the proper culet angles, produces the thinnest round gemstones possible with good optics and that is essential to the optimal beauty of many tourmalines.
Light minty blue green color and a crisp full fledged flash fill this deeply cut gemstone. It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal. Its medium light tone value is enhanced by the cut I described about. This stone is an all around success story as I see it. It weighs 1.21 carats.