There really seems to be two distinct groups of pinks in the tourmaline world. There are the naturally clean pinks that may have feathers and flaws etc, but the crystal is good and nature just has not very been nice to them, since they were crystallized. Other pinks, like the one posted, were born with a rich assortment of inclusions and imperfections. Is one group absolutely better than the other group?
My preference and dedication is to color, as you have probably guess. So the question comes down to, can I get all the levels of tone and shades of pink in the group that is naturally clean. I can not rule out the possibility of success with naturally clean pinks, but included pinks can have some really outstanding hot, rich pinks that make their “garden” of inclusions a minor problem. So I vote for both groups of pinks and my tolerance for inclusion in brightly colored pinks is quite high. This oval needs the kind of tolerance for inclusions, that lets you drink in the color of a stone, that does not appear broken, just its natural complex self.
The posted smaller oval is effected by its inclusions, but the bright, rich, hot pink seems to burn threw the haze and makes a startling color statement. It still has a moderate amount of flash. It weighs in at 1.07 carats.