In the middle of supporting my daughters threw college I received some money from my mother’s estate. Now most of the money probably ended up at school, but dad deserves a little fun too.
I had run into an interesting pair on the internet. They had a site that really had significant gemstone rough from Afghanistan for sale. The owner turned out to be a lawyer in California and his partner, an independent design contractor, had come together over faceting. The lawyer had a direct connection to Afghanistan and had purchase the material, he wanted to sell, over the years. The contractor support the site and was the salesman. All this has since evaporated.
The crystal that this and an almost identical Barion cushion were cut from was the only piece of rough I purchased directly off their site. The rest (their story will be told) we handled privately. The crystal was too long to be cut as a single emerald cut and I had experiment with the Barion cushion cut and was ready to go (fortunately the crystal had enough depth and the sliced pieces had the right ratio, for the cushion cut, so I had good yields). So the painful process of cutting the crystal in two began. Most tourmaline from Afghanistan crave a decent size to show off their color.
After saying all that, there is relatively little left to say, except it is a wonderful stone. Clean, rich, bright, flashy and large at 11.92 carats. It is also bluer than a comparable top top grade sea foam that I purchase from them later. I will say that the top top grade sea foam maybe a little more neon like than this bluer stone, but I prize them equally.