Hot included pink, long oval

Moderately heavy inclusion in a really rich, hot pink oval This rich hot pink oval is full of inclusions, but does not appear broken. It does have some flash and gives me a stronge color feeling in a naturally appearing gemstone. It weighs 1.07 carats.

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.


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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