I once read sometime ago that in Thailand they will not show you a ruby before 10 AM in the morning. Now why would such a dynamic and sales oriented people limit their hours? Because the morning light tends to be bluer (I am not talking about glorious sunrises.) than later in the day. So in the morning, ruby will tend to take on a brown overtone. Now some people in the trade say that Rubellite should be dropped as a trade name for red tourmaline because it does not look enough like ruby. While other sellers call moderate pinks Rubellite. Seems to me that Rubellite is a fine reasonable name if it had the right definition, that was followed by the trade. And an excellent red, like the posted stone, that takes on a brown overtone in daylight, might not be that far from some rubies. There always seems to be complications in any definitional of color in tourmaline.
If I could control the light that this posted standard round brilliant was seen under, I would say it was ruby red. Well at least there are rubies out there that have this color (and at least some garnets). But that would mislead the public because its perception of the red of ruby doesn’t change in different natural lights and this stone has a strong brownish cast in bluer lights. Now I am not saying that I would rate this brown-turned higher than a pure and stable red Rubellite, but I love the rich mixture of brown and red that modulates with the light. This dark toned, eye clean beauty, weighs 3.62 carats and may win your heart with her sultry glances.