Something different for my last bit of strawberry, round.#1128

Bright, included pink, known as strawberry in Afghanistan. This bright pink round is cut with a modified step cut crown and the standard round pavilion. Its flash is limited by the significant amount of inclusions, that it has. It is a dot of color at .26 carats.

One advantage of practically running out of rough to cut, is the discovery of stray bits of past accomplishments with the interest and time to cut them.  This small round is NOT a standard round brilliant.  The stray bit of an intensely pink colored tourmaline from Afghanistan that is called strawberry and is always included, needed something special.  Now the only  “special” cut I make in the round is a combination of a horizontally split main pavilion and a modified step cut crown.  The significantly included strawberry piece was not deep enough for the full treatment, so I just gave it a modified step cut crown. How does that stack up to a standard crown is rather hard to say, because the strawberry has enough inclusions to limit flashing, but I don’t think that the different crowns make that much difference in such a small stone.  Besides the cut and inclusions, sweet strawberry does have a great pink even if its lighter medium tone value does not begin to uplift you like the full sized beauties.  This hidden treasure in the patch, weighs .26 carats and is a dot of color, despite it difference.


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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