Dichroic Orange Barion Cushion Cut

A great dichroic orange Barion Cushion with stepped crown. This is a great gemstone. The Barion Cushion cut produces a bright flashy gem that mixes the pastel orange and richer orange together well. It is eye clean with good crystal. It weighs 3.96 carats.

This is a great gemstones.  In natural light, the difference between the dichroic colors is pronounced. (The lighter toned orange being in the middle of the gem.)  The a/b axis is a medium pastel orange and the c axis colors is a rich vibrant orange.  When I put it under my yellow light the colors seem to fuse together and the cushion appears to be almost uniform in color.  The Barion Cushion Cut pavilion produces a bright flashy gemstone by its nature and the tourmaline helps by being eye clean with excellent crystal.  The crown has three rows of facets, which produces a nice open look.  This gemstone really does not have any weaknesses.  It weighs a nice 3.96 carats.

My mother loved citrine and when I cut one years ago, my mother just had to have it.  She wore it all the time and as the years went by, it was pretty much destroyed.  Still she love it.  The rich part of the color of this posted tourmaline reminds me very much of that citrine given in love to my mother.


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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