This is the mother of all greens in the collection, Barion cushion.

Wow the mother of all greens, Barion Cushion Cut, Afghanistan. This incredible 23.64 carat Barion Cushion mixes the dichroic greens well and is even flashy enough for its size. It is eye clean except for a insignificant flaw in one corner. It is a great big beautiful gemstone from Afghanistan.

In every lot there has to be the biggest piece of rough.  The rough that cut this large Barion cushion was by far the biggest piece of tourmaline in the lot I bought from Afghanistan.  It was not only the larges piece of rough, but it was well shaped for a Barion cushion which made it a no brainer to move forward.  The Barion cut mixed the bluer green axis and the yellower green axis together superbly and even though the 23.64 carat gemstone’s size demands flash performance, the cushion does not fail to perform brilliantly.  This gemstone is beautiful and exceptional for its size, but not perfect.  It has a insignificant flaw in one of the corners, that is impossible to see face up.  I bring up the flaw only to be complete in my evaluation, since you could enjoy this cushion, that just barely fits in the round storage box, for the rest of your life without ever caring about that bit of imperfection in this extraordinary gemstone.

Bruce

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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