I should make a mint, on this eye clean, mint colored droplet of color.#632

Great, eye clean, blue green droplet.  #632 This beautiful medium toned, eye clean, droplet of color has a great blue green color. No faults in this standard round brilliant diminishes its beauty, at all. It weighs .80 carats.

This standard round brilliant is eye clean and with a great medium tone level.   Its blue green color loves the yellowish lights, but it is still a delight in the gray overcast light of autumn’s waning days.  I was comparing it with another nearly identical droplet of color in the fifty stone tray.  The only real difference is the other gemstone has a significant amount of inclusions while this posted piece does not.  Now the flawless round seemed less flashy then the included piece and I had to investigate.  It turned out that the flawless round had sat in the foam for so long that the foam was inhibiting the flash.  I saw this as soon as I turned the gemstone over and then put it back in its old spot.  Then the two rounds had identical brightness.  The moral of the story is, faceted stones are designed to be bright and reflective when there is air in contact with there pavilion facets.  Foam that is tightly packed against the facets is not the same thing as air.  This beautiful droplet of color weighs .80 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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