Included Blue slider with a past, round.

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There are few gemstones from years ago that leave a clear impression on me of polishing their tables, but this one does.  I cut the gemstone during a relatively protracted period of time I call the “Polish Wars”.   My polishing technique was actively evolving and progress was slow.  The graded multi-step requirements of a diamond polish are unsuited for my faceting style.  I also feel that oxide can produce the best polish tourmaline can accept and that is what I am looking for and get today.

So this significantly included blue that slides into green entered stage left.  Everything was fine until I started on its table.  Now all tables are a challenge, but this one under cut (uneven removal of material) and developed marks (self explanatory) to distraction.  I was determined and after hours of work I did get an acceptable polish.  The  stone that was produced is an eye grabber, but when I presented it for approval, it was rejected due to its inclusions.

With today’s eyes (2013) the gemstone is a beautiful medium sized standard round brilliant with an eye catching blue that slides into greenish blue in incandescent light.  The flaws, which are not major, are mostly hidden by the gemstones medium dark tone value.  It weighs 3.64 carats and even though I have cut many other tourmaline, that have the same appearance, I am glade it is still in 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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