Sometimes I think that movie critics are not the people that should judge which pictures people should like. They have seen so many films that they can not judge the individual movie without considering how it works within the world of film. All the talk about originality, the people involved, the cost etc., does not change the need for the film to stand or fall on its own merits.
I have seen a few tourmaline in my day. I have hunted for purple tourmaline most of the years I have cut and I know how rare purple, with a decent saturation level (purity of color) is to find. Does this effort and experience make me a good judge of the level of beauty a specific tourmaline, that has a rare color like purple, has with the general public? I don’t think so. Color over whelms my conservative nature and I become too forgiving with the rest of the properties that make a great gemstone (clarity, flash etc.) in praising a tourmaline with a rare color. I confess that I really can’t be as forgiving with poor crystal and clearly visible inclusions etc. with a pink or green as I can a purple. It is also hard to escape the world of tourmaline for me and say I could get the same purple in quartz (amethyst) for pennies on the dollar, so it is not worth spending extra money on a purple tourmaline. Please keep these weaknesses in mind, and they are not limited to purple, as you share my love of tourmaline and my adventures. Just maybe your appreciation of tourmaline, in all colors, will grow and a fine purple tourmaline, like the one posted, will still elicit praise even in its less than idea condition.
This standard round brilliant is a fine purple tourmaline. It is significantly included, but has good crystal and is bright. The purple drifts into pinker shades in yellow light (normal), but the morning light at my back brings out its true purple nature. It has a medium tone level and at 1.88 carats big enough to stand on its own.