The best yellow in saturation and size, shield cut.#169

Beautiful yellow, slightly included shield cut, best yellow in the collection.  #169 The combination of medium tone, well saturated yellow without green and a reasonably clean body that flashes without regard for the few small inclusions is first class. It weighs 3.24 carats.

This is a shield cut to get excited about.  It was the premier stone cut from two water worn pebbles I got over the internet from Tanzania years before “canary” tourmaline was discovered (canary tourmaline is a recently discovered yellow that is quite expensive from Tanzania).  The pebbles were at best semi-facet grade and all the stones I cut from them are at least lightly included.   Still I have never been able to get the same yellow without green, medium tone level, along with the best saturated yellow in the collection, any time since and I have tried.  As with the other gemstone from the nodules, this shield cut is slightly included, but it doesn’t slow it down in the least.  I love this 3.24 carat shield cut.


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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