Mom’s Stone, A GEM of blue force from Namibia, emerald cut.#397

A bright dichroic emerald cut, GEM, from Namibia  #397 This is an outstanding gemstone. It has a bright blue color that is significantly darker tone in the ends, than the sides of this GEM. It has a good size at 5.27 carats.

I have been looking forward to sharing this GEM, exceptional gemstone, with you.  It came as a lot of one, separate from all the well saturated medium dark toned material I had been getting from Namibia.  Its bright blue hue (color) sparkled in the moderately toned rough with the c axis being particularly outstanding.  But the waste would have been exceptional if I would have cut anything with its table perpendicular to the c axis, with this piece of rough.  One must be practical and reasonable even when you’re questing for color.  The piece of rough had not been inexpensive and I had used part of my inheritance from my mother (why I call is Mom’s stone) to purchase it.  My principle dealer out of Africa had doubled checked the rough for problems and ground a small feather out, after I had already purchased the piece, (reducing the cost a little) so I had no problems in orienting the rough for a clean stone.

I am now looking at this GEM of a blue tourmaline in the morning light and it is spectacular.  Its more pastel sides drink in the diffused light and compete with the gorgeous, richer toned, sparkling ends.  There seems to be a seamless flow of color from the completely open, bright ends to the sides of the emerald cut. Now, no gemstone looks it best in every light and mom’s stone is not partial to yellow light, though she certainly doesn’t loose it.  It goes without saying, (but I am going to say it) that this GEM has excellent gemological properties in all categories.  I also gave her everything I had with a full set of facets, three on the crown and four on the pavilion, that I put on emerald cuts.  She comes in as a significant gemstone in the size category too, at 5.27 carats.  I wish that everyone that loves color in gemstones, not just tourmaline, could see her upfront and personal.


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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