Rubellite is a name given to members of the tourmaline family that have a really distinctive red or bright pink colour. There are many Tourmalines in the red and violet spectrum but only the most resonant in colour can be called Rubellite.
Even the best stones often have inclusions but, so long as they don’t cloud the stone, they are normally tolerated, even by aficionados, but the cleaner the better. The best come from Brazil, Nigeria, Mozambique, Madagascar and Pakistan but some fabulous stones come from the USA also. These are beautiful stones in their own right and should not be thought of as too much the poor relation of Rubies and Spinels.
Description: Rubellite is a bright red or pink member of the Tourmaline family and one of its most exclusive and expensive members.
Hardness: 7 – 7.5 on Mohs Scale
Birthstone: Scorpio and Sagittarius