Smaller Included Yellow Oval#1069

Great Included Yellow Oval When you can get yellow, you accept less than perfection in the gemstone. This bright yellow oval weighs 1.17 carats and is valued in the collection.

I have been cutting more rough tourmaline that have a lower grade for a variety of reasons. (08/2013)

1.  I have a better selection of color available.

2.  The rough cost less, but low yields can negate that advantage.

3.  They are a challenge to select preform and facet to get the best out of the rough.  Something I have been successful with.

4.  I like the finished stones as long as I have good color and the gemstones don’t look damaged or too dull from the inclusions.

This bright included oval is a great yellow.  The rough for this oval was sawed  from a large pebble.   The bigger piece of the pebble ended up producing a more golden colored round, because of its greater depth I think.  When I get my spectrometer going again, I would like to check to see if they really have the same color, but just different tone levels.  The gemstone weighs 1.17 carats and has good crystal.


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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