Something different a maroon emerald cut.#501

very nice slightly graded maroon emerald cut. This is a nice maroon colored emerald cut with fine crystal and an eye clean look. It is rather an unusual color in the collection, but this one shines for the quest of different colors. It weighs 2.14 carats.

With all the rough I have bought to enlarge the spread of color you would have thought I would have more maroon.  Now maroon has a part of me since it was part of my high school colors.  Maroon and white Fight Fight! Fight! and all those cheerleaders jumping around.  If someone would advertise a maroon piece of tourmaline faceting rough I would probably be in line, if it had any chance of making a stone.

Having said all that I have less than a handful of really maroon colored tourmaline.  This posted stone is one of the best.  Its c axis is dripping in rich maroon and the a/b doesn’t fight it with a brownish cast.  This lets the emerald cut be maroon without getting sort of wood-like appearance, as some of my other maroon do.  There is some slight grading of the color in the long axis of the stone and I see a slight amount of chipping on the keel, but the body is of fine crystal and eye clean.  It  weighs 2.14 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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