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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.