Included pale blue oval

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Not all semi-facet rough is created equal.   Some semi-facet has larger, but relatively few significant feathers that need to be oriented, as much as  possible, perpendicular to the table and other semi-facet material has a diffused web of small inclusion that are impossible to do much with accept cut the biggest stone you can get.  I have had success with both types of materials as long as the clarity/crystal quality is good between the feathers and web of inclusions.

This medium pastel aquamarine blue was never meant to be clean.  It formed a part of a bicolor crystal from Afghanistan that easily  camel apart.   The inclusions are clearly visible, but the stone still has merit.  This is because the clean part of the stone has good crystal, which is typical of Afghanistan material.  It also doesn’t hurt that the color is light and fresh without dichroism.  It weighs 1.46 carats.

Bruce

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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