Smaller Golden Barion Cushion#914


Smaller Golden Barion Cushion Cut This 1.66 carat has a very nice cut, Barion cushion, that mixes the two colors, golden and yellow, well. It has a simple two step crown.

This 1.66 carat Barion Cushion is about as small as I make this style of cut. (pavilion a Graham design)  It was done to try and mix a golden c axis color with a purer yellow a/b axis color and get a good yield from a thicker piece of rough.  The mixing work as  expected and the general impression of the gemstone is golden, but you can still see the a/b color in a band across the middle of the narrow dimension of the stone as expected.  I put a simple step cut on the crown, since it was easier to control depth and I am not really in favor of putting a lot of small facet in complex designs on smaller gemstones.



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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