Don’t pigeonhole me cried the purple pink to orange pink with a desire to be a red droplet of color. The effort to attain individual attention and independence continues in the ranks of the orange red tribe. They have become more subtle and devious while undermining the credibility of the one that names the gemstones. I use to get help from my younger daughter when it came to really red gems and yellow gems. My hopes have been dashes more than once, by no daddy that isn’t red or without green. Now I face a stone alone with my conscience so I will describe what I see rather than pigeonhole this one.
At first glance I see a bright medium toned reddish round. It is flashy and I check it for visible inclusion, which she doesn’t have. Her crystal qualities are fine and now the color. I have the yellowish light on, but day is breaking so lighting is a mixed bag. She looks like an orange pink verging on red under the yellowish light. I then check the back of the box and I see purple red and color changer crossed out. This leads to some consternation, but I get up and away from the yellowish light and the stone darkens, but still stays dominated by orange in the pink. Still it is getting close to a red which is always appreciated. Now I know that this stone can have its pink/red dominated by purple, but not today. So there you have my definitive appraisal of a gemstone that wants to be an individual, not just a notch on the score card of some cataloger. The key concept here is dynamic color and some tourmaline are excellent at it. It weighs 1.68 carats and the droplets of color have no ambiguities about its place with them.