Afghanistan produces some of the most outstanding tourmaline in the world. It is amazing to me how the pastel colors it produces can be so pure and bright. This small standard round brilliant has a purity of being,without color, to an exception degree. No hint of gray here, but the rough did have a detectable bit of blue, that I can not pick up, in the finished stone. Perhaps with younger, better eyes (eyes yellow with time). you can still notice it. Either way this round gives you a great look at what a well cut and polished “diamond cut” round can blaze in tourmaline. The only real gemological phenomenon that is lacking in tourmaline is dispersion, when you compare pure tourmaline with some other colorless gemstones (I guess I have to say diamond). It weighs 1.22 carats.