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.