100% the color of this gemstone makes me think of a sunset, and it sparkles like the sunsets we get over the water here.
We cut this from our rubellite tourmaline parcel that is available in the facet rough area. That parcel was from Afghanistan, and it contained some excellent sized stones with really great color, but we had clarity issues with a good portion of it. When we sorted into grades, this stone was in the “catastrophically included” group.
What would we end up with if we tried to cut it, we wondered? Even with the inclusions it had nice transparency and the color made us excited to see but, we never dreamed it would create a nearly eye-clean cut gem. (For the faceters who might be looking, even avoiding the worst of the inclusions, I still got 17% retention, which I thought wasn’t bad for where this stone started.)
Is this stone clean? No, with a loop and in these macro photos you can clearly see the clarity features. But with the naked eye, and thanks in no small part to the flash of Tesoro’s design, they’re just not noticeable under normal viewing.
Are you starting to think about the holidays? This stone offers a great value for gift giving, and there is still plenty of time to get it set.
Total Weight in Carats: 2.87
Dimensions: 10.9 mm x 8.6 mm x 6.3
Reg #: SG 13-12-09-215-0120
Cut design: Heroes Shield by Ramon Tesoro
Cut By: Kristina Leach