Lightly toned Afghan green with touch of pink center, round

Pale green round with a bit of pink center from Afghanistan. Classic Afghan green with just a bit of pink center. Both are so pale that the IceT group recruited the gemstone. It is eye clean and with excellent crystal. It weighs a bright 5.56 carats.

This combination of a pale pastel green and pink is a classic and distinctive one from Afghanistan.  Many times the green rind on the rough, that had a watermelon color distribution, is not thick enough to be retained with the pink center when the gemstone is cut.  In this case the rind dominates the standard round brilliant and only a tiny bit of pink is found in the culet.  It is so weak that you’re surprised to see it upon close examination.  The IceT group had a bit of an effort to recruit this 5.56 carat round because it has been on its own for years and really does fell that low in tone value.  It has excellent crystal and appears to eye clean, like a lot of tourmaline from Afghanistan.


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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