How long I have waited pink/champagne/green tri-color#1010

Classic green champagn pink tricolor emerald cut tri-color, pure, nice tone and saturation. Ring stone sized emerald cut. red-champagn-green color. The gemstone weighs 3.29 carats,


Now I love tri and bi and watermelon and completely mixed up tourmaline, but they are not the main thrust of the collection.   Color in all its diversity is center stage, yet chances do come along and I have been waiting for a pink/champagne/green tri-color for a long time.  It is reasonably common and a classic distribution of color in tourmaline, but many times it is very badly included.  Especially in the area of the crystal where the colors change.

Now this gemstones is an except.  The outside of the rough looked, well rough and really not very promising.  Still I needed something different to work on and I bought it.  After a little preliminary grinding I realized I had a winner, if it only stayed together.  Tri and bi colors can lead to bad flaws and then broken stones.  With great pleasure it came out clean and of moderate tone level.  The green and pink ends show flashes of the opposing end because of the cut and purity of the stone.  While the middle is a wide band of pure champagne.  Not bad for a piece of rough that looked dark.  So this unexpected winner weighed in at 3.29 carats and is a fine addition to the collection.


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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