Rubellite, Ruby’s Cousin?

Rubellite: “Ruby” is basically in the name so the two must be related, right? Nope.

Ruby 14k White Gold Gemstone Ring PeoraRubellite is actually a Tourmaline. Tourmaline, like Sapphire (corundum), comes in a vast array of colors and even more so than Sapphire with bi-colors and multi-colors but is a completely different mineral. “Tourmaline” actually means “mixed parcel” or “a stone with mixed colors.” Tourmaline is quite hard, just below corundum at 7-7.5 on mohs scale. The trace elements involved in the crystallization process account for the various colors. Aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium present will affect the color outcome of the final crystal.

The majority of gem quality Tourmaline come from Brazil and several countries in Africa, but at one time California and Maine in the United States were the largest suppliers of Tourmaline. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan also produce gem quality Tourmaline. The world’s largest known cut Tourmaline of 191 carats comes from the Brazilian state of Paraiba.

Tourmaline’s large color variations allow it to mimic many much more expensive gems. In the sixteenth century, the Portuguese even mistook a Brazilian green Tourmaline for an Emerald, but was not discovered until three centuries later. Today, many Tourmaline are falsely sold as other gemstones like Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds.

Rubellite is a special variety of the Tourmaline species Elbaite. As you may have guessed, Rubellite and Ruby share similar origins of their names meaning “red” or “reddish.” What makes a Rubellite is not only the beautiful red color but a property that few gems have. Most gems’ colors shift depending on the color temperature of the light source, but Rubellite does not; it stays the same rich red in both natural and artificial light. Most pink or red Tourmaline secondary colors shift to a brownish tone under artificial light. They come in variations of purpleish red and red and are notorious for the prevalence of natural inclusions. The manganese that produces the rich red color causes inclusions to be more visible and the more saturated the red, the more inclusions tend to be present.

Tourmaline are known as the most dichoric gems, meaning their crystal structure actually reflects two colors simultaneously. In Rubellite, this is usually red and purple, with red being the main color and purple or pink being the undertone. Of course the more red the higher the value. Because of this dichoric nature and similar color to Ruby, it can be very difficult to distinguish between the two.

Tourmaline, like other gemstones can be treated by irradiation and heat to reduce inclusion visibility, increase color saturation or change colors. Irradiation is quite common and very difficult to detect, thus the treatment generally does not affect the value of the stone. Heat treatment can also be used to enhance the stone. Tourmaline which are strongly included like Rubellite are sometimes enhanced for clarity and this treatment significantly reduces the value of the stone.

Further information on Tourmaline and Rubellite can be found at the links below:
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Thursday Featured Item – July Birthstone Ruby Leaf Cut Pendant



14 cts Fancy Cut Ruby Sterling Silver Pendant SP10668

Center Stone:
Lab Created Ruby
Leaf Cut with Checkerboard Top,
20 x 11 mm,
14.00 carats,
Pigeon Blood Red Hue with Brilliant Sparkle.

Side Stones:
20 pieces Super Sparkling Machine Cut White Cubic Zirconia.

6.00 grams, Pure Sterling Silver with .925 stamp,

Pendant features intricate side detail, exceptional Design, Craftsmanship and Rhodium finishing.

Perfect gift for Mothers Day, Birthdays, Valentines Day, Graduation, Christmas or just about any other occasion. Includes an 18 inch Sterling Silver Box Chain and Signature Gift Box, style SP10668

Thursday Featured Item – July Birthstone Marquise Cut Ruby Sterling Silver Ring SR10608

1.25 cts Marquise Cut Ruby Sterling Silver Ring SR10608

Gemstones: 1 piece Lab Created Ruby, Marquise Cut, 10 x 5 mm, 1.25 carats total gem weight, Pigeon Blood Red Hue with Brilliant Sparkle.

Ring: 3.60 grams, Pure Sterling Silver with .925 stamp, Ring features exceptional Design, Craftsmanship and Rhodium finishing.

Perfect gift for Mothers Day, Birthdays, Valentines Day, Graduation, Christmas or just about any other occasion. Money Back Guarantee. Includes a Signature Gift Box & Free Shipping, style SR10608 available in sizes 5 to 9.

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Thursday Featured Item – Ruby & CZ Earrings


Today we’re featuring these beautiful Lab-created Ruby and Cubic Zirconia accent Sterling Silver Earrings (SE7934). Perfect for any of those glamorous ladies you might know with a July Birthday.

These earrings have 4 oval shaped Rubies, 1 – 8x6mm and 1 – 6x4mm per earring with a total weight of 4.50 carats; that’s a lot of Gemstone! To accent the rich pinkish red rubies are 16 super sparkly machine cut clear Cubic Zirconia. The earrings are made with 5.40 grams of pure .925 Sterling Silver with a shiny white gold looking Rhodium Finishing to keep them tarnish-free for years and years.

Each earring measures 1 & 3/8 inches tall and 3/8 inch wide.

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Ruby – July’s Birthstone

SP10642Many cultures consider certain gemstones to signify a given birth month or sign. Each of these cultures specifies a slightly different set of birthstones. However, most include Ruby as July’s Birthstone.

In a set of poems released by Tiffany & Co. in 1870, each month is matched with a gemstone. The poem for July reads:
“The glowing ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Then they’ll be exempt and free
From love’s doubts and anxiety.”

The Ruby is considered to be very powerful. Its deep red color is said to represent power, love and friendship. Spiritually many cultures feel it has the power to bring out passion, ward off danger, aid in blood circulation, detoxification and making wise decisions. In some cultures it also represents peace and contentment. Traditionally Ruby represents a 40th wedding anniversary.

Ruby is a close relative of Sapphire, in the mineral family of corundum, or aluminum oxide. The red color of Rubies mainly comes from the element chromium as part of the compound. In fact, if a Ruby is too light of pink in color saturation it is then referred to as a Pink Sapphire. In the corundum family, red is only Ruby and all other colors of corundum are Sapphires.

Ruby is one of the hardest naturally occurring minerals on the planet at 9.0 on Mohs scale of hardness, just below Diamond. In 1903 Auguste Verneuil created a process to make synthetic Rubies in his lab using a flame fusion method. Synthetic Rubies are used in some industrial lasers and mechanisms in heavy wear applications, and now that they are more commonly produced in gemstone quality they are used in jewelry.

High gemstone quality Rubies are extremely rare in nature which is one reason why they are one of the main four most sought precious gemstones along with Sapphire, Emerald and Diamond. For thousands of years and across many cultures Rubies have signified royalty or extreme wealth and importance. What better gem to represent this social significance, considering Ruby is a beautiful rich color, next in hardness to Diamond and very sparkly.

It is nearly impossible to find a natural Ruby that is free of imperfections. Many consider these imperfections to be part of the beauty and proof that the gem is natural or its “finger print.” Because of this, there are several Ruby look-a-likes that have been mistaken for Rubies for ages. Only recently (about 200 years ago) was the relation between Sapphire and Ruby known.  Many red Spinel and Garnet have been mistaken for Rubies and even many historic royal jewelry pieces actually contain these look-a-likes instead of the true corundum Rubies.

No other gemstone in history has been as symbolic as the Ruby, “king of gemstones.”