Important red, eye clean, cushion

Large Barion cushion with three step crown, sultry red color. This Barion cushion at 21.4 carats is one of the more important gemstones in the collection. It has a stable, sultry red color that is on the purple side and is eye clean with fine crystal.

When I retired, I put my money into tourmaline rather than the stock market or the bank.  The rough for this 21.4 carat, red, Barion cushion with a three step crown was purchased with some of that retirement money.  It has a medium dark tone level except for a corner that is colorless.  The color zoning can not be seen face up and has no impact on the gemstone unless you turn it upside down.  The red color does not go brown in artificial light and is on the purple side of red rather than the orange side of red.  This red, with a touch of purple, is stable and is more sultry than exceptional bright.  Its radiating flash enjoys a nice bright source of light, but it is still active under moderate lighting.  The three step crown, which was cut with relatively low angles, acts like a big window into the heart of a high quality, crystal clean, red that I never expected to see in the collection.  I would certainly not be able to afford this stone in today’s tourmaline market.


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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