Hurray for a smaller green shield cut.#1023

Great Green Shield Cut This gemstones has a great cut and all the physical properties of a beautiful high quality gemstone. I also like it. It weighs 1.75 carats.

It is always a pleasure to be able to preform a piece of tourmaline rough into a triangular shape suitable for a shield cut.  This is about as small a shield cut that I make and it has a great even green color, of good tone level and saturation.  Shield cuts are always bright and this one is no exception.  I think that it has turned out better than many “chrome” tourmaline, but then if “chrome” is not too dark it is hard to beat.  The gemstone weighs 1.75 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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