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A Gemstone More Rare Than A Ruby

Lyle Sopel -

Dear Collector Friend,

Backstory

Rubellite gemstones are a deep-red variety of Tourmaline. They transcend from dark pinks to red shades with medium to dark tones. Stones like this remind us of the crisp, crimson colours of the leaves. For the winter season, we wanted to highlight the multi-faceted, highly prized and rare, Rubellite gemstones.

The Rubellites make fantastic jewelry stones. Rubellite Tourmaline rings are especially searched for, as they look good in almost any type of jewelry.

In particular ruby-coloured gems that are without brown or orange overtones are highly idolized. The intense colors of Rubellite fare nicely under different types of lighting, without showing a spec of brown. Traces of manganese make Rubellites natural pink shade to red. Due to its unique rarity and unique beauty Rubellite is highly priced.

The Rubellite Breakdown

Rubellities are type III gems in relation to clarity. Rubellite, is a name that come from the Latin work rubellus, which means reddish. These gems generally contain inclusions, which are basically any material this is trapped inside of another mineral while it forms.

Completely pure red Rubellities can be discovered, but it is not very common. The most found colour is typically a bold pinkish red “that is one of the most vivid colors found in any gemstone capacity.”

Due to its large sizes, it makes for stunning jewelry.

 

Where Can Rubellites Be Found?

It is said that fine crystal specimens and gems are still considered obscure, and are pricey. Tourmaline can be found on all continents. The top contenders for high quality Rubellites are the core tourmaline producers: Madagascar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mozambique and Brazil.

 

History of the Rubellite

when mineralogist and jeweler George Kunz sold a Green Tourmaline from Maine to the world-renowned Tiffany and Co, the popularity of the gemstone blossomed in 1876. From there on desirability the admiration spread. Currently favored by metaphysical collectors and practitioners.

Tourmaline is a part of a complex family of aluminum borosilicate mixed with iron, magnesium or other alternative metals. Depending on the proportions of its aspects, it may form as red, pink, yellow, brown, black, green, blue or violet. It is a prismatic crystal which is vertically striated and can be slender, thick, columnar, or interestingly triangular in cross-section.

The colors vary within an individual specimen, either in lengthwise or in cross sections it might be transparent or opaque. The word “Tourmaline” stems from the ancient Sinhalese world turmali, which means “a mixed colour precious stone” and it can also mean “something small from the earth” (Mella,110), (Simmons, 406), (Megemont, 182).

Rubellite’s Prized Colour

The most sought after colours are deep pinkish red to mild dry purplish red. The brown tones really devalue a stone.

Recently African deposits have yielded cleaner rough.

These African discoveries display brown tinges, and don’t quite reach the ruby-like red of gem like those of past Brazilian resources.

You can also find light pink stones marked as Rubellites, though these gems are more accurately defined as pink tourmalines.

The Vast majority of Brazilian realities have native and custom cuts which add value.

The Red Tourmaline

Top quality natural red tourmalines are coming up in demand and value. The red tourmaline is pyroelectric, meaning that in contact with heat the stone becomes electrically charged. The stone can be cut in many ways, but always keeping with the intensity of the color. As a result of its crystal structure, the majority of Rubellite stones are imperfect to some extent.

The stone is available in any style or cutting as it amounts to beautiful creations.

 

Why is the Rare Ruby Valued Lesser than Rubellites?

The deep, very rich colors of the Rubellite gemstone are often compared to the all-mighty ruby. Though these gems differ in structure and the intensity of color. While rubies may acquire a higher density and hold a richer red undertone, the Rubellites are rarer, which is why they are more expensive. A ruby is a precious stone, but the Rubellite is a rare gemstone. It is also multi-faceted that varies from tender pink colours to crimson red with spirts of purple. Rubies only offer deep red tones, while Rubellites show more versatility and uniqueness.

The important thing is the tone of the gem. It will establish whether or not a stone can be qualified as a Rubellite—the majority of pink Tourmalines are not saturated enough in tone or color to contend. 

 

How to Care for This Gem

Tourmalines, as mentioned make for solid and successful jewelry stones. With a hardness in the 7-7.5 range and no cleavage.

You want to refrain from rough handling and use protective settings for heavily included stones. Avoid ultra sonic or steam systems cleaning, especially on Rubellites with filter treatments. Use a soft brush, mild detergent, and warm water when trying to clean one of these gems. Besides this, these gems require no extra special care.

The Meaning of the Red Tourmaline

The Rubellite Tourmaline or Red Tourmaline is known as the stone of “the perfected heart”, one that has much vitality and strength. This heart is full of passion for both life and love. The energy of the colours “creates a vibrational pattern that resonates deeper with the Heart Chakra than other heart-stones.” It is linked to the heart of the earth. It opens to love that falls past human relationships and reaches out to the Universe (Simmons, 409).

Rubellites also stimulate the Root Chakra, which brings a heavier amount of prana or life-force energies, which heal and nurture the emotions of the body. This will stabilize influence increasing your zest for living and experiencing active interactions with others.

Rubellites also strengthen the capacity to understand love. It also promotes creativity, helping to put love out into the world. It is also supposed to help one become more lively and sociable. Additionally, it encourages tactfulness and flexibility.

Rubellites can give strength to women in emotional issues, as it can be used for harmonizing the feminine energies with both men and women.

Tourmaline gives power to the sense of smell and can also help the “perception of pheromones which produces an aphrodisiac effect” (Megemont, 184).

Tourmaline is known as a shamanic stone that renders protection during ritual work. Traditionally, it was used to point out trouble and to initiate a good direction to move. It is also used to treat motion sickness and can help restore luster and shine to nails and hair.

Tilmorrow,
Art, Nature, and Beauty Always,

LYLE

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