Pink oval darkened with a bit of purple.#276

Rich pink oval with touch of purple. this darker pink with a touch of purple is not as vibrant as similar pinks. It is not a problem with crystal or flaws since the oval is eye clean and quite transparent. This stone weighs 2.98 carats.

Purple pinks are not rare and I find that the purple cast tends to make them less vibrant.  This is the case with this oval.  It has a good tone level of medium dark and is eye clean with good crystal, but it just does not spring to life like the pinks.  Now I am talking about purple reds that are not cuprian.  I find cuprian purple reds to be very exciting and you will be reading about them in other posts. (if you want to)  This oval weights 2.98 carats.


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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