Included Pink in the mellon patch, round.#1084


Included Melon, Delightful Round Exotic melon from darkest Africa, maybe effected by flaws, but wins you over with its fruity color. It weighs 4.82 carats.

Buying faceting rough is not easy and getting a winner every time is impossible if you keep pushing the color envelope.  This pontification comes from buying rough over the internet since I have purchased very little material in person.  All I really want from the picture and description of the rough for sale is an honest presentation.

I knew from the picture and grade that the large piece of tourmaline rough, that ended up being cut into this posted round was heavily included.  Still I like its apparent color (color on the internet can be deceiving) and I felt that the rough had good crystal/transparency between the flaws.  When I received the rough, I was pleased that I had not been mislead by the dealer or my instincts.  Still when the  grinding was done on the preform, I had produced a lot of gray/brown sludge and was looking at a yield that was probably about 15 per cent.  The finished standard round brilliant has eye visible naturals (I love the word) that noticeable affect the brightness of the gemstone.  So why am I smiling over a flawed stone that came at a pretty steep price considering the large loss of material in cutting?  The gemstones color is distinctive and reminds me of exotic melons in the grocery story that I don’t try, because I might like them and could not afford more.  It just can not be your average muskmelon, it is too reddish.

Even if I obtained a clean replacement for this color, I would not reject my veiled friend.  It is not only that I got the most out of the rough or that it was fun to be challenged in the preforming stage, or that it cut and polished beautifully despite its flaws.  No, it is its color and my melon patch will always need as many examples of her beauty as I can plant.  This melon weighs 4.82 carats and is best chilled before serving.



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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