I read somewhere that Brazil, the homeland of tourmaline for many years was not producing much quality material anymore. But it was producing what they cal “salad” which are native cut gemstones in mostly included tourmaline. Sometimes it is just dark or unattractive. Well I decided to get some and asked the dealer to get unusual colors. I got mixed results and one of the ones I recut is this pale pastel green pink bicolor. Now I like a nice bicolor as much as any man, but the colors are not very rare. And then the stone took me for one heck of a ride. It started out as a medium sized emerald cut of at least 5 carats and refused to stop breaking. Now it did not break down the line separating the pink from the green half like many bicolors do, but just from the ends. So it kept me hanging in there. Finally I got an eye clean stone with evenly balanced colors. I used steep ends to keep the colors from mixing into beige. It weighs 1.57 carats.