Small Barion Cushion Cut Brown

Small Barion Cushion has a great mixture of colors, tan and honey brown. This butterscotch colored cushion is bright and flashy. The Barion cut really mixes the dichroic colors. It weighs 1.24 carats. It is eye clean.

One of my other hobbies is working in the garden and working in the garden to me is getting into dirt.  The color, smell and feel of a rich topsoil can be very satisfying.  So perhaps this is why I like brown.  It goes with everything and it can kind of grow on you.

This brown tourmaline is cut in a Barion cushion and that mixes the two dichroic colors of a lighter tan and honey brown together very well.  This makes an exciting stone that seems to radiate flash.  I certainly would not want to cut a smaller gemstone than this size (1.24 carats) because the facets would be too small and the work unrewarding.

I will leave brown behind and dravite  and call its color butterscotch.  It is eye clean and with excellent crystal.  But best of all for a brown, neither dichroic color is greenish or too dense.


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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