Pastel green pink bicolor from Brazilian “salad”. #59

Nice, eye clean, pastel pink green bicolor, emerald cut with steep ends.  #59 This emerald cut came from Brazil and is a nice eye clean pastel pink and green bicolor. It has good crystal and weighs 1.57 carats.

I read somewhere that Brazil, the homeland of tourmaline for many years was not producing much quality material anymore.  But it was producing what they cal “salad” which are native cut gemstones in mostly included tourmaline.  Sometimes it is just dark or unattractive.  Well I decided to get some and asked the dealer to get unusual colors.  I got mixed results and one of the ones I recut is this pale pastel green pink bicolor.  Now I like a nice bicolor as much as any man, but the colors are not very rare.  And then the stone took me for one heck of a ride.  It started out as a medium sized emerald cut of at least 5 carats and refused to stop  breaking.  Now it did not break down the line separating the pink from the green half like many bicolors do, but just from the ends.  So it kept me hanging in there.  Finally I got an eye clean stone with evenly balanced colors.  I used steep ends to keep the colors from mixing into beige.  It weighs 1.57 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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