This emerald cut surprised me when I removed it from the dop stick and got my first look at it. It is a good size at 5.22 carats and with a ratio that is a bit larger than I really like to cut emerald cuts in. It is also strongly dichroic with red ends and pale a/b sides. It has great purity for a red and the emerald cut shows that off very well. Now with all that said, what was the surprise? Well the red in the ends,which are not too dark, really seems to seep into the center of the gem and gives the impression of redness to a much larger degree than I could have hoped for. Now in the world of pink and red in tourmaline the line between them is pretty indistinct, so some disagreement may come up with this stone, but I like the redness. This makes the gemstone rate higher in my constellation of color.