Now I love tri and bi and watermelon and completely mixed up tourmaline, but they are not the main thrust of the collection. Color in all its diversity is center stage, yet chances do come along and I have been waiting for a pink/champagne/green tri-color for a long time. It is reasonably common and a classic distribution of color in tourmaline, but many times it is very badly included. Especially in the area of the crystal where the colors change.
Now this gemstones is an except. The outside of the rough looked, well rough and really not very promising. Still I needed something different to work on and I bought it. After a little preliminary grinding I realized I had a winner, if it only stayed together. Tri and bi colors can lead to bad flaws and then broken stones. With great pleasure it came out clean and of moderate tone level. The green and pink ends show flashes of the opposing end because of the cut and purity of the stone. While the middle is a wide band of pure champagne. Not bad for a piece of rough that looked dark. So this unexpected winner weighed in at 3.29 carats and is a fine addition to the collection.