This tourmaline is from the famous Stewart Mine in Pala, California. It is the classic “bubble gum pink” that this particular mine is world famous for. While it is pink under most lighting, this particular tourmaline exhibits a color shift depending on the light source. In some lighting, it is the lavender color of Kunzite.
Tourmaline specimens from this mine are exhibited in museums and collections throughout the world. This unique shade of pink was a favorite of the last Empress of China, and she collected Stewart Mine tourmaline all her life. When she passed away, her body was entombed with a carved pillow of pink tourmaline from the Steward Mine.
Don’t be disturbed by the inclusions. Most pink tourmaline from this mine exhibit a moderate level of inclusions, which are accepted by collectors of this particular gem. The Pala pink color overshadows the inclusions common in Pala tourmaline. This is your chance to own a rare and unique gemstone mined and faceted in California. It is normally priced at $225 per carat. However, we have reduced the price to $150 per carat for this special. This gem would be perfect in either a ring or pendant. It would look especially stunning with a string of pearls.