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The myth of Rubellite


Rubellite, when exhibiting a deep red colour, is the most valuable form of tourmaline. Rubellite is a variety of Pink Tourmaline that is widely popular and impressive in colour and brilliance. Rubellite intense red colour makes it a beautiful Gem for mounting.
The chemical impurities that colour Rubellite red or pink actually cause a growing crystal to become internally flawed or cracked. Rubellite displays pleochroism i.e. the colour changes when viewed at different angles but this varies from specimen to specimen. Rubellite Tourmaline is occasionally heated and/or irradiated to enhance colour.

Natural pink to red colour is created by trace amounts of manganese in the chemical composition. Irradiation, in some cases with heating, is a now common practice, and can produce stable red tones in otherwise pale pink stones. As this practice is undetectable all stones must be presumed to be treated even though this may not be the case for an individual stone.

The name Rubellite stayed in use because it is an economical and useful way of describing reddish tourmaline. It is tempting to call this mineral "Elbaite" instead of Rubellite because it is Elbaite that produces most of the gem quality tourmaline, but this would not be correct.
 

Nature of Rubellite
Occurrence


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Traditions to wear Rubellite:
rubellite Cut
The Gem Stone of Love


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The Birthstone of February
The Zodiac Signs


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Healing Power of Rubellite

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Nature of Rubellite


Gem Stone

Rubellite

Chemical Composition

Complex borosilicate

Crystal Structure

Trigonal

Composition

Na(Li,Al)3Al6(BO3)3(Si6O18)(OH)3(OH)

Hardness
[Mohs' Scale]

7.5

SG 
[Specific Gravity]

3.06

RI  
[Reflective Index]

1.62-1.64

Luster

Vitreous

DR  
[Value for birefringence for Doubly Refracting gems]

0.018

 

Occurrence

Afghanistan, Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Russia (Urals), USA, Madagascar, North America, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Africa, Siberia, Australia, Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

Tradition to wear Rubellite

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