With all the difficulty and expense of getting natural tourmaline rough, it makes me wonder sometimes why I just don’t cut synthetic. I don’t believe in any mystical force of nature or the healing power of natural gemstones, but I do like the challenge of dealing with nature’s imperfect product rather man’s engineered perfection. This is despite the fact that after I cut the stone, no one, other than myself, really knows the effort it took and memories do fade. (I would put one caveat on cutting synthetic rough. If they ever developed perfect synthetic tourmaline in great colors, I would have to cut at least a rainbow of it to compare with my natural stones
Many properties of natural or synthetic rough are pretty universally desirable to have, durability, clarity, saturated color etc. While others are more subjective such as color, tone level, cut etc. Well when I sum up the properties of the posted gemstone I find that this GEM is so fine in every category in my play book that it could have been cut from synthetic, engineered material, but it wasn’t. I admit to a weakness for shield cuts and stones that are big enough to really show off their color and cut. How common a color is or is not, does not really matter with a well saturated color that has a medium tone level. I love them all and that includes this 5.45 carat GEM of a shield cut, in an eye clean, well saturated common color, yellow green.