Stately emerald cut of defusing pink.#938

large pink tourmaline with different tone levels. A beautiful example of different tone levels of the same pink color displayed by an emerald cut.


When the rough for this beautiful tourmaline came in, it left no doubt about what kind of gemstone needed to be cut.  The whole gemstone is pink, but its tone grades from medium dark to a paler pastel as if the chromophore (coloring agent) defused threw its great crystal body.  There is even a kind of creamy feel to the light colored end that is delicious.  I don’t make steep ends on emerald cuts to try and keep the rich end from effecting the color of the pale end.  I think normal angles produce more life in the ends and I just let the color mix as it may.  In this stone it worked extremely well.

The emerald cut is large (11.95 carats),  eye clean and and has a well balanced color distribution .  You could call the color distribution zoning, rather than a bi-color, which is not desirable in some gemstones like amethyst.  But in tourmaline I think that color gradation in a crystal, that is handled the right way, just enhance the uniqueness and beauty of the finished gemstone.  And this is a beautiful gemstone that has only one other similar rival in the collection.



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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