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lilysweet

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Hi, I received these two stones recently and am not sure how I feel about them. They are a Mahenge spinel and a tourmaline. The tourmaline is a bit more green than I was expecting. The spinel doesn't really go with the other stones I have but if it is nice I may consider keeping it. I am not the best judge of quality or issues so any advice is great. Please let me know if you think they are worth keeping. Thanks

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eastjavaman

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Based on those pics, the mahenge looks more to the peachy pink, while the tourmaline looks more bluish green, but it all depends on your preference on color.
 

OTL

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If you are not sure how you feel about them then I'd say send them back.
When I open a new parcel I like the feeling of knowing for sure it will make me pleasant.
IMHO the mahenge spinel has nice cutting and lovely hue, but not strong saturation
 

chrono

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It depends on what you are looking for and time/budget constraints. It is difficult to advice when we do not know whether these are right/wrong for you.

Spinel - pleasant pink with some orange. Not eye popping or neon, but pretty in its own right. Nice cutting but has strong shadowing
Tourmaline - How is the colour shift? Looks pretty to me but it seems like you wanted something with more blue?
 

elle_71125

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I wont be any real help with the spinel. It looks like a pretty color but if you were going for a strong glow, this isn't it. I do like the pinky peach hue though.

The tourmaline definitely looks a little more green than the vendor's pic did but it also shows a lot more brilliance, which I love. :love: I personally like your pictures better.
 

lilysweet

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Thanks for all the stone wisdom. I think what is throwing me off on the spinel is the peachiness but it is a pretty stone though not right for my project. I am looking for something that is more of the pink in the attached ring picture. The trillion is really pretty and the cut looks nice but I am not sure if it will be sparkly enough to to show more of the bluish in it than the green when it is set for a pendant. Thoughts on that? Thanks!

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chrono

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Unfortunately, only you can know the answer to your questions, because you know what you want and you can see how the stone behaves in person. All we have is a single static picture.
 

lilysweet

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True Chrono! I am still so new to this that I want to make sure I am not passing on a super stone or buying a dud! :confused: This is how I feel looking at colored stones.
 

eastjavaman

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Stones that are highly prized, or in your term: super stones might not be to your liking and vice versa
 
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