Well saturate, eye clean, closed ended green emerald cut#406

Fine, classical, closed ended, medium toned, yellowish green emerald cut.  #416 This smaller well saturated yellowish green emerald cut has a fine medium tone level and appears to be eye clean. It is cut with steep ends because it is closed ended. It weighs 1.20 carats.

This emerald cut is the best you can cut from the world of small highly dichroic green tourmaline crystal that nature has produced.  It has the typical well saturated yellow green in a medium tone level, which is good for this type of material. Cleanliness is not a problem,  which is why green is rated as a usually clean gemstone.  The rating is fine, but I don’t discount a whole world of excellent greens that are only slightly included.  Many times they’re the  most exciting and varied in the world of green tourmaline.  Steep ends are cut in the emerald cuts to minimize the influence of the optically closed ends that are usually called closed.  This affects the amount of material removed in the corners and the flash pattern, that I don’t particularly care for, so with marginal cases (semi closed ends), I may not use the steep ends.  Also it is impossible to set an emerald cut with steep ends in a standard commercial setting.

To sum up for the posted stone.  This pretty well saturated green emerald cut with steep ends appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It weighs 1.20 carats and has a nice medium tone level.


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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