Summing up the parts, beautiful yellow green shield cut.#1124

A GEM, exceptional gemstone, yellow green shield cut. this yellow green shield cut may have a common color, but it is outstanding and a GEM at 5.45 carats. It is fine addition to the collection and stands out in the tray.

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.



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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