Long ratio, hot pink pool with sparkles on the ends, oval#1104

Hot pink, long ratio oval with very flashy ends. This hot pink oval is a beautiful stone. It is very flashy and appears to be eye clean, although it does have a little chipping on the pavilion. It medium toned body is not dichroic and weighs 2.32 carats.

This oval has as long a ratio of the length to the width (1.5 times) that I cut.  The oval cut that I use,which is a lazy oval meet point design, although I don’t cut it in a completely meet point fashion, produces bright sparkly ends on either side of a reflective pool of color.   This piece of hot pink shows the effect beautifully since it is exceptional clean for this color of tourmaline. (During my inspection I found that a bit of material did chip off one side of the pavilion close to the culet when I removed the stone from the epoxy.  It just goes to show you how fragile hot pinks can be in tourmaline and how flash can make some problems very hard to see face up).  This beautiful, medium toned, non-dichroic, hot pink gemstone weighs 2.32 carats.


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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