The rubellite is a member of the family of tourmalines, and where its color shines in beautiful nuances is the range from red to shocking pink. Tourmalines are all related gemstones where the different colored stones are named by adding the color to the term. Red colored tourmalines are basically called red tourmalines. Pink tourmalines, green tourmalines and Paraiba tourmalines are all very popular forms.
However there is an exception here where not all red tourmalines are called rubellites. Rubellite comes from the Latin name ‘rubellus’ that means reddish and rubellites are not just red or shocking pink tourmalines. There is a criterion to be followed and met for a red tourmaline to be called a rubellite tourmaline.
Difference between rubellites and red tourmalines
Basically, gemstones tend to change color based on the light source. However this does not exist in the case of true rubellites. This means that the rubellite tends to shine as intensely in artificial light as it does in daylight. In the case of red or pink tourmaline, the stone tends to display a tinge of brown in the presence of artificial light.
Rubellites are found in abundance in Brazil, Mozambique, Nigeria, Madagascar and Pakistan. There is also a rubellite mine in the USA. Today rubellite tourmaline is one of the most popular gemstones available and fits well with almost any jewelry.
There are many high clarity IF to VVS rubellite stones available for you to buy. Of course, these stones are rare, but available. You just have to look for them. However lower quality clarity stones are more readily available in the commercial market. A large portion of rubellite tourmaline gemstones in the market have been treated through heating and irradiation.
Tips to differentiate natural and treated rubellites
Commercial cutting houses first buy lower color and grades of rubellite, cut them, and heat these pieces into high temperatures to make them colorless. Once the stones are made colorless, the stones are irradiated to make them look red or rubellite. So if you are looking for natural rubellites avoid these stones and buy your rubellite only from reputed and reliable sellers.
You can tell if a stone is treated if there is no color shift at all in the stone. Moreover, pure rubellites have the same color tone and look. And if you see a tray full of rubellites that look alike, this is enough proof that these stones are treated stones as real natural gem stones never look exactly alike.
Rubellite jewelry with large stones
Rubellites are durable gemstones that can be set in any type of jewelry. The hardness level of rubellite is 7 to 7.5, and there is no cleavage in the stone. However there are some low quality rubellites that get weakened because of their flawed structure.
You can find rubellite gemstones of many sizes which you can buy for your rubellite ring, depending on your budget. It is easy to find 1 to 6 carat stones while 8 to 15 carat stones are also available, but are not easy to find. If required, and with the right search, you can also find 100 carats rubellites in finished weight for you to cut to your style as rubellites can be cut in any style and cutting.
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