Long red emerald cut makes good.#910

long ratio emerald cut tourmaline This emerald is a very pretty longer gemstone with red ends that influence the pale pink in the middle and makes the whole gemstone appear red.

 

This emerald cut surprised me when I removed it from the dop stick and got my first look at it.  It is a good size at 5.22 carats and with a ratio that is a bit larger than I really like to cut emerald cuts in.   It is also strongly dichroic with red ends and pale a/b sides.  It has great purity for a red and the emerald cut shows that off very well.  Now with all that said, what was the surprise?  Well the red in the ends,which are not too dark, really seems to seep into the center of the gem and gives the impression of redness to a much larger degree than I could have hoped for.  Now in the world of  pink and red in tourmaline the line between them is pretty indistinct, so some disagreement may come up with this stone, but I like the redness.  This makes the gemstone rate higher in my constellation of color.

 

Bruce

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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