It has been a long journey for this smaller and included gemstone to reach safe harbor in a plastic box in my collection. In a distant land, awash in gemstones, the secret of its color was undiscovered. Then some natives cooked larger and more richly colored relatives and the truth came out. The simple, included purple tourmalines were really PARAIBA TYPE GEMS(very expensive cyan colored tourmaline that is colored by copper) and they were worth a lot. Lighter more included material that was cut into this delightful violet gemstone was also heated with mostly disastrous results. The gemstone shattered and the product was only faintly blue. Not enough copper to catch the wind and reach the promise price of thousands of dollars a carat. Still the natural beauty of a very rare color in tourmaline won some peoples hearts, like mine and the ransom from purples is higher than comparable stones in most other colors of tourmaline.