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I repaired the culet of this large Pink Tourmaline

A jeweler in Boulder, Colorado sent me this very fine pink Tourmaline which had been chipped at the culet.

She asked me if it was possible to remove the chip without 'windowing' the stone.

After examining the angles of the stone, I determined that it could be done.

Photo of a pink Tourmaline with a chip on the pavilion.

Pink Tourmaline with chipped culet

You can see the chip on the left side of the culet and pavilion.

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In order to remove this chip, I needed to re-facet all of the main facets which meet at the culet. I needed to do that by altering the angles by only 1 degree. If I adjusted the angles by any more than that, it would 'window' the stone.

Photo of the same pink Tourmaline where the chip has now been repaired and looks like new.

The finished pink Tourmaline

You can now see that the pavilion looks like new again.

I wish I had taken a photo of the stop of the stone. It was a very beautiful gemstone!

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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.