Good Sized Solid Green Oval

Solid slightly brownish green oval. This larger oval has a nice solid green with a wash of brown color. It is eye clean and of a medium dark tone. It weighs 5.95 carats.

I am working with an artist on a portrait that I will post on the “who am I” part of the site.  While I was watching him paint, I went threw one of his catalogs.  There were thousands of different paints with different colors and  properties.  I know some of the names and we talked about it and then I found something that made me smile.  A oil paint name “turmaline green”.  The spelling is French and I can guarantee that the makers could have picked any shade of green to be their standard and you will find it in tourmaline.  As for bringing an image of tourmaline to mind with the paint label, over ninety percent of the people I ask, do not know what tourmaline is.

It is fun to be able to cut a good sized green oval after all the emerald cuts.  I find that most of the green rough that has suitable open ends and dimensions for oval cuts to be alluvial.  This posted stone fit the profile and has a medium dark tone value.  It is eye clean with a good flash driven color that is a bit different than most of the greens in the collection..  It is touched with a brown wash that should not stop it from being spotted as a classic “turmoline green”.   It weighs 5.95 carats.


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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