It has been a while since I have discussed the IceT group, which is a far right splinter group in the color world of tourmaline. The group’s goal is to provide support and comfort to a select group of tourmaline gemstones that go unnoticed by most of the public and seldom appreciated by the Trade. The selection of members of the IceT group transcends color and cleanliness and focus on their very light tone level. The founding fathers and mothers of the group came from Afghanistan and had that location’s fine quality crystal. As the IceT’s looked outward and accepted gemstones that had lesser cleanliness or crystal quality, it became imperative that the newcomers (and the old) have a fine cut and great polish.
I probably love tourmaline more than most men, cough! cough! but if it lacks bright, well toned color, it can be a tough act to sell. Now I am thinking of the great hype over colored diamonds, most of which could not hold a candle, when it comes to color, to tourmaline. Index of refraction is the key to acceptance and fawning over colored diamonds (besides a great marketing job) that puts lightly toned tourmaline at a disadvantage. Is there anyway to help the members of the IceT group get the respect they deserve? I say yes and the key to that is an outstanding polish. I am dedicated to supporting all tourmaline with an outstanding polish, but no group appreciates that more than the IceTs. Please take a moment and support them too, you will be rewarded, especially if you keep them clean in your jewelery.
The posted, deeply cut round was almost too rich a brew for the IceT group. Its horizontally split main pavilion and modified stepped crown had greatly helped the round’s richness, but that did not change the gemstone’s nature affinity of its pure IceT heart. So this eye clean, bright, light pastel green round has a home and is a pretty member of the IceT group that weighs 2.19 carats.