Amazing if handled properly
Purpleheart is a rarity, absolutely beautiful wood which no other species can come close to. Ive seen many folk complain that purpleheart looks brown, but if done right it will display an almost alien looking purple. In my usage I've found that applying heat to the wood draws out the best coloration. I use a propane torch, because I work with small pieces but an oven would probably work better. I use the torch to just feather the surface a little bit at a time, as too much heat in one spot will darken/burn the wood. But if you do it slowly you'll see the color develop rather easily. I've heard many theories ask to what heating causes in the wood but I don't know, just know that it works. I prefer using cyanoacrylate as the finish on mine.