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Is purple tourmaline really rare?


#1

Dear All,

I have seen a Purple color Tourmaline on the following link, Please
let me know that is this really Rare & what should be the right
price for this?

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eBay link removed. Sorry, no eBay links on Orchid please…

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Best regards, Amit Bapna


#2
I have seen a Purple color Tourmaline on the following link,
Please let me know that is this really Rare & what should be the
right price for this? 

Purple color tourmaline is not rare and not even scarce. But given
the answer, let me be the first in saying that statements like that
applied to gemstones are a sheer nonsense.

You have to look at each stone and evaluate it for what it is. My
advice is do not buy gemological nomenclature, but buy beauty. There
are many cases when high price was paid for the most pedestrian
if particular specimens were exhibiting uncommon
attractiveness.

About this particular picture:

The shape of is weird for tourmaline. Tourmaline must be properly
oriented to display it’s color to full advantage. This shape isn’t
it.

Picture is very dark, but one can still see background, which means
that color saturation is very low.

These two are sufficient for me to loose interest in the stone
completely.

Leonid Surpin
www.studioarete.com


#3

about this “purple tourmaline”,

i have been buying gems for almost a decade on “the web”. most
dealers are now from Thailand. Some very good buys. as far as stone
shown, it probably is just dark over saturated in color with a hint
of purple.

tourmaline shows different color via different light direction.
conclusion, since stones on web are shown in best light this one is
a dud, stay away, not much talk about gem buying by orchidians?

zev

ps some interesting glass inclusion filled rubies, very cheap some
beautiful red zircon (unheated) looks like monster bright red garnet
briolets by the gazillion, just bought some sapphire beauties
amethyst for a fraction of retail now a lot of spinel coming to
market (not my favorite stone, looks a bit glassy to me) list is
endless