Included Pastel Afghan Pink with Punch, Barion Cushion.

Included, but bright and flashy pink Barion cushion cut, Afghan This is one of the best stones from a lot I bough. It is a pretty delicate pink that really works with the Barion cushion even though the stone is not dichroic. It weighs 1.70 carats.

This is one of the best stones from a lot that I got from Afghanistan.  The lot was a disappointment because the rough was almost all included and the color, though bright, did not have a very high tone level.  I decided to keep it because most of it was stocky with open ends to cut rounds.

The rough that produced the posted stone was exceptional in both shape and it had better cleanliness.  It is not without eye visible inclusions, but they are more a haze and take very little away from the bright flashy Barion cushion cut with a two step crown.  The rough was not dichroic, so mixing of colors was not a factor in picking the cut.  Well I won another one with a significant input of work.  This 1.70 carat cushion is a delight pastel pink.


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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