Hot red round with a flatter crown.#261

Included bright sparkling red round.  #261 This standard round brilliant has a small area of the girdle that is visibly included. The stone has a great bright red and is very flashy. It has a flatter crown and weighs 2.42 carats.

Some stones I have cut are certainly more memorable than others.  This one grabs my eye every time I look at this tray so it is easy not to forget the compromise I made in cutting it.

Two thirds of the rough is eye clean and with fine crystal, while the other third is included.  Out of that third there is one  small section of the girdle that is quite visible flawed.  That is the only area of the stone that brings it down from the high level of being an exceptional gemstone.  I knew that I could grind it out while I was cutting the stone, but I couldn’t make it eye clean or even remove the area that was the most flawed,  without sacrificing too much weight.  And with the weight lose would go the size I needed to have an adequate tone level, to make at least an attempt at being red.  I wanted that red to be and accepted the limitations of the rough to get there.

This is a beautiful gemstone with a flatter crown.  If it was ever set the flawed area at the girdle could be hidden under a prong.  I think the compromise on cleanliness, to get red, was well taken, especially in light of red tourmaline being classified as a normally included gemstone.  It weighs 2.42 carats.

Bruce

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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