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Rubellite is the trade name red-pink tourmaline. Other than green or yellow tourmaline it has earned its own brand…

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dark pink neon tourmaline
Price:
$2,400.00
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2.65 Carat
Neon Purple Red/Pink
Medium Dark 60
Moderately Included

 

Neon Rubellite no heat certified
Price:
$3,800.00
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1.91 Carat
Neon Purple Pink
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

deep red-orange rubelite free of treatments, round and over 6 carat
Price:
$950.00
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0.70 Carat
Deep Reddish Orange 
Medium Dark 75
Very Lightly Included

Multi-color Afghani tourmaline
Price:
$3,250.00
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4.53 Carat
Multi-Colour Pink
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

emerald shaped rubellite tourmaline peachy color
Price:
$950.00
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1.21 Carat
Pure Shiny Pink
Medium 55
Lightly Included

pink tourmaline round brilliant cut in germany
Price:
$1,450.00
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1.17 Carat
Rose Pink
Medium 50
Free of Inclusions

white gold and diamonds around three carats rubellite earrings
Price:
$14,200.00
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From the David Jerome Collection:
Untreated 3.44 ct Brazilian Rubellite
in 18k White Gold
with 0.69ct Diamonds
Deep Lush Red

deep red-orange rubelite free of treatments, round and over 6 carat
Price:
$1,950.00
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1.28 Carat
Orange Red 
Medium Dark 65
Very Lightly Included

bright pink-orange tourmaline free of treatments
Reg. Price:
$1,800.00
Sale Price:
$999.00
Save:
$801.00
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1.59 Carat
Intense Orangish Pink
Light Medium 45
Lightly Included

deep red-orange rubelite free of treatments, round and over 6 carat
Price:
$920.00
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0.51 Carat
Deep Purplish-Orange Pink
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

deep red rubellite from the old mines Minas Gerais
Price:
$139,000.00
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From the David Jerome Collection:
Unheated 10.92 ct Brazilian Rubellite
in 950 Platinum
with 1.11 ct Diamonds
Deep Violetish Red

Deep rose pink Mozambique rubellite
Price:
$975.00
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1.02 Carat
Deep Rose Pink
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

african padparadscha sapphires unheated and certified and lab reported
Price:
$999.00
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0.95 Carat (pair)
Sparkly Sunset
Medium 50
Free of Inclusions

untreated rubellite earrings

1.12 Carat (sold)
14k Yellow Gold

Neon Rose Red

light rose pink trillion tourmaline
Price:
$2,400.00
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4.01 Carat
Peachy Orange Pink
Light 33
Free of Inclusions

Sunset pink round Mozambique tourmaline
Price:
$850.00
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0.92 Carat
Sunset Pink
Medium 50
Lightly Included

Marquise shaped rubellite in sunset colors untreated
Price:
$950.00
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1.47 Carat
Sunset Purplish Pink
Medium Dark 70
Free of Inclusions

Electric purplish pink Mozambique tourmaline
Price:
$2,800.00
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3.39 Carat
Electric Purplish Pink
Medium Dark 60
Lightly Included

unheated purple paraiba tourmaline

6.29 Carat (sold)
Neon Purplish Red
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

 
 

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Other than green or yellow tourmaline it has earned its own brand just like red sapphire can be called ruby, but green sapphire and yellow sapphire are just green or yellow sapphire.

Also, Rubellite is not ‘Ruby-light’. I overheard a dealer use this sale’s pitch on a young couple in Tokyo. Nice try, but they didn’t fall for it. The word Rubellite derives from Latin for ‘red’; as does the word ‘ruby’ but Rubellite is not Ruby with zero calories.

Ruby and Rubellite do share a part of the color spectrum but no other significant gemological similarities. However, they raise the same discussion as pink sapphire and ruby: Where does pink tourmaline end and Rubellite begin? On principle, we follow the gem laboratory’s report. It’s difficult to be 100% objective when classifying your own gems. As a rule, the redder a tourmaline gets, the better it is and the closer it gets to be called Rubellite. Personally, I do not think a lavender pink tourmaline is less precious than a Rubellite, but there is a difference in market value and thus expectation. Baby pink tourmaline can be extra charming but does not qualify as Rubellite. However, I do not hesitate to show such a pink gem also in this section because many people are not aware of all these name-definitions and might be seeking the right stone in the wrong section.

Remark: we do show certain gems in, strictly spoken, gemologically incorrect sections to give them more exposure. We may display a Dravite under 'yellow tourmalines' because many casual buyers do not know the difference and might simply think there are no brown tourmalines, or worse that we don't carry them. The same may happen to, say, a deep orange-red sapphire. It is not a ruby, but we might display it with our rubies to show our customers that there are alternatives or border-line cases that might be exactly what somebody seeks for his budget, or wants for his taste. 

Back to Rubellite. Clean, well cut vivid red or neon pink Rubellites beat most other tourmalines in price, except the noble Paraiba clan, the copper colored kings and queens. Chrome tourmalines also are rare and expensive but in such low supply and small sizes that they have been excluded from main stream jewelry. Rubellite, on the other hand, is in steady supply in all sizes and you can find them in high-end designer pieces as well as in mass productions, though then mostly irradiated to standardize and deepen the color.

As all tourmalines, Rubellite displays strong pleochroism, meaning color and shade or tone may change depending on the direction the gem is viewed from. Note: this is not 'color change' or 'color zoning', though both phenomena are found in Rubellite, as is chatoyancy (cat’s eye tourmaline). Extreme and abrupt color zoning in tourmaline produces, amongst others, the famous ‘watermelon tourmalines’, with one side red and one side green, one side Rubellite and the other ‘only’ green tourmaline.

Infinite variations promise a lifetime of collector fun.

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