Medium toned purple pink that shifts to orange pink droplet of color.#255

A red pink that shifts,purple to orange overtone, droplet of color.  #255 This standard round brilliant has a color that is a shifter, but its center is a red/pink. It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal. Its medium tone level makes a flashy gem. It weighs 1.68 carats.

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.





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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