Solid down to earth green emerald cut#1017


Closed ended classic green tourmaline This green with a touch of yellow is a classic tourmaline color. The stone is clean and has closed ends. Its weight is 3.04 carats and about as large as I would cut for a ring stone.

In 1968 I returned home from Golden Colorado via Yellowstone and Niagara Falls, after taking a surveying course.  I had stayed in cheap motels and eaten fast food so I had a little money left over.  My home was about 20 miles west of New York city and with money in pocket, I headed out on my one and only buying trip to New York city to get faceting rough.  I went to an office that I had never been to before, but everything went well.  I got a total of five stones, but the only significant piece of rough was a tourmaline with exactly the color as this gemstone that I am writing the post about.  It was good sized crystal from Brazil and it made the largest gemstone I cut as a kid.  After hours polishing the table I swore that I would never cut a bigger one.  Well with better equipment (I used to polish after a 600 grind) I have done much bigger stone.

This clean emerald cut has closed ends and a classic green tourmaline look.  A green on the yellow side , but no brown, and with a tone that is medium dark.  Brazil produced tons of it in time.  I am not sure where this piece came from since this gemstone is really a pretty common tourmaline, but still pretty.  It weighs 3.04 carats and has normal angles on the ends.


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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