A shifty Mauve thats in the Pink#902

Mauve round brilliant A bright clean mauve colored round standard brilliant.


I don’t attach mauve to a gemstone’s color casually.  I always check color in various “white” lights,  incandescent, morning light and evening light etc. Many members of the tourmaline color world are not known for being consistent in shade,  especially since you are dealing with more than one color in many cases.

In the case of this beautifully bright standard round brilliant the color still makes my brows frown.  It is moderately dichroic and its pink factor does shift, but it is still not a pink, but it certainly isn’t a violet, but I am sure that some people will disagree with me, but I am the arbitrator of color naming in this world, but my younger daughter, who has a very good eye for color, disagrees with me often and the buts go on. (I only appear to be insecure)

I have heard many people tell me that the gemstone they bought at a jewelery story appeared much differently when they got it home.  I personally have been amazed and delighted by the differences “normal white” light can make with tourmaline.  I always recommend that a person falling  in love with a tourmaline (and all other lesser gemstones) take the beast for a walk and home to the world you live in.  Let the tourmaline’s dynamic color grab you and maybe even tickle your funny bone.  It does mine.  Now I am not promising that every tourmaline shifts.  I think that the gems with a greater saturation (purer color) with the exception of purple, which always sifts, tend to be the most stable.  But if you’re ready to venture into mauve you had better expect a shifter that I bet will never find to be ugly.

The posted stone weighs 5.34 carats.


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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