Most of my later, higher number trays, are a mixture of gems as I cut them and not the ordered field that my son put together after the last Carnegie Museum show. With the desire to post information about every gemstone in the collection I have had to look closely at gems I have not really seen for a while because of gemstones like the posted one.
Why you might ask and since I am trying to both provocative and informative, I will try and explain. The bright, slightly dichroic blue green gemstone is eye candy. Since there is not real order to this tray, the eye candy steals the other less aggressive stones of their moment, because I am really just browsing most of the time. This is unfair to many gemstones, that individually merit interest, but were not blessed with that something extra that photography many times can not capture.
And speaking of photographic distortions. Without the new world of digital photography this effort with my collection would not have been possible, but the technology does not represent many gemstones as the eye perceives them. This is particularly true with flawed ones. While accentuating and magnifying the flaws, the pictures diminish the impact of flash and scintillation of the stone on the perception of flaws. Some included faceted stones may even appear to be without facets if the pictures are not taken carefully and I think that the “neon” effect in some gemstones is impossible to capture photographically.
That said this eye candy has no problems with the eye or photograph. Its medium toned relatively stable blue green shines without eye visible flaws. It weighs 1.64 carats.