This green emerald cut is longer than I would like with its narrow width. I generally do not get much rough that is dark in the ends and the crystals are too short to be split into two or not thick enough to make a nice ratio gemstone. A short stubby crystal section with a dark c axis is pretty useless in the tourmaline world. Now most experienced cutters will tell you that to get the most out of a tourmaline with dark/closed ends you need to cut an emerald cut with steep angles at the narrow ends of the emerald cut, that has a decent ratio between the length and the width. Well with this very nicely colored green emerald cut, I cut the end with the same angles as the sides, which are pretty standard by now. This makes the stone have somewhat bigger dark ends than absolutely necessary, but I find the normal cut to have more flash in the corners, which are cut down less and makes a stone that can be set easier. I know this is personal, but I don’t think I hurt a stone like this very much, because of darker ends, to cut it with normal angles.
News flash. Long ratio green cut emerald cut singing the blues. I am writing this post at one of the best time of the day to see color in lighter colored/pastel tourmaline gemstones. The sun has set, but the sky is still bright. Not only does the tourmaline seem to absorb and be enriched by the remain, glare-free, light, but some tourmaline play color tricks. Well this gems stone has turned out to be a jester and went blue on me. I can see that I failed to test this beauty out enough when I finished cutting it. I am not saying that changing from a green to a blue in the tourmaline world adds much value, but to me it is exciting example of the dynamic world of color in tourmaline.
The posted gemstone weighs 5.03 carats.