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Repairing a pair of green Tourmaline

I say repairing a 'pair' because, when 1 is chipped, if it requires making the stone smaller, the other stone also needs to be trimmed by an amount that they will still be a 'pair' when they are finished.

Shows a matched set of green Tourmaline cushion cuts.

Pair of green Tourmaline with one chipped stone

When you click on the photo you will see that the stone on the right is chipped.

An arrow telling users to click on the photo to make it larger.

Shows a green Tourmaline cushion cut with a chip in the crown.

A chip on the crown

You can see the good sized chip on the left end of the stone.

As you can also see, this stone has a checkerboard style of facet pattern with diamond shaped facets.

When getting the chip out, I will need to match this pattern so that it looks like the stone was never chipped.

Photo of the same green Tourmaline with a chip in the pavilion.

A chip on the pavilion

You can see that the stone also has a chip on the pavilion on the same end of the stone.

We also need to match the facet pattern of the pavilion when repairing the stone.

This does not require re-faceting the entire pavilion in this case. We only work on a few facets strategically in order to keep the weight loss to a minimum.

Shows the same green Tourmaline cushion which has now been repaired and looks like new.

The repair is finished

You can see that the stone now looks like it was never chipped.

I measured this stone and then trimmed the other stone just a bit so that the 2 stones matched when I was finished.

Photo of the finished matching set of green Tourmaline cushions.

The finished pair of green Tourmaline

You can see that they are now a pair again.

They are beautiful stones!

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Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.