Flatter crown and a richer tone level purple pink, round.#48

Nice flashy medium toned round with a flatter crown, Madagascar This standard round brilliant has a flatter crown. Its medium toned purple pink has a very nice flash even thought it is slightly included. It weighs 7.29 carats.

Well looking at this gemstone closely for flaws/inclusions has brought back a memory.  It was soon after I started cutting gemstones after a long hiatus and I was new to the inter net.   I dealt with most American dealers that frankly did not have much to offer, but I was only looking for smaller or less expensive material.  I was already trying to establish African and Afghanistan connections, but that takes time and resources.  The rough for this good sized purple pink was from a few dealing I had with a group out of Madagascar.  I think it was the only piece that turned out to be work faceting.

The posted gemstone has a flatter crown to try and maximize my yield from a rather thin cross section clipped off a crystal.  It also worked to lighted the gemstone to a nice medium tone level.  Best of all this gemstone, even with its purplish shades, does not have a transparency problem.  It is a great flasher, but the color is not really bright in natural light.  I certainly likes my yellowish light better.  It weighs 7.29 carats and is slightly included.


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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