This very common colored, pink, shield cut weighs 1.69 carats. It is clean and with no noticeable dichroism.
This shade of pink with a light tone level is common in tourmaline rough coming out of Africa now (2013). It is also not noticeably dichroic and is eye clean. The thing that I notice about this gemstone, that set it apart, is its cut, I would have more shield cuts in the collection, but it is difficult to find rough that has the corners that permit a good yield. The cut itself is simple and I adjust it shamelessly, except for the critical angles at the culet. I have to admit that my color eye is rather tired of this stone’s color presentation. Still tourmaline is the best reasonably affordable naturally available pink gemstone and an October birth stone.