Smaller blue green oval had clutter#998


Included blue green oval. This 1.51 carat blue green oval has a significant amount of inclusions. They do effect the clarity of the gemstones, which still flashes, but not as much as normal.

Some tourmaline I still facet have enough clutter in them to significantly reduce their transparency.  In a fantasy world,I would be able to get all the colors I wanted without problems with the purity of the gemstone, but that is not my world.  This blue green oval, which is showing me a lot more blue than green at the moment, is an example of a cloudy gemstone.  It still flashes, but it can not get over its more sedate personality.  I try never to cut a step crown or emerald cut from this kind of material, since it accentuates the inclusions.  The gem stone weighs 1.51 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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