Classic Red (Rubellite) round.#1073


Rich Red Rubellite Included Round This is a beautiful dark and velvety red standard round brilliant. It has significant inclusion that are masked by its rich color and darker level of tone. It weighs 2.08 carats.

If you want to sit down somewhere else and read about tourmaline, that would be great.  If you get to the section on Rubellite (red tourmaline), which may be way too brief, you will find that this standard round brilliant is what they try to describe.

This richer Rubellite is far from clean, but its color and rich tone level make the inclusions a covered up except for a short string of white inclusion next to the girdle.  I probably hoped that those white inclusions would have been ground out in the final stone and when they weren’t, it really does not effect the stone very much because of their location and the stones other inclusion.  They certainly do not hold back this velvety and seductive red gemstone.  (Did I mention I like Rubellite.)  One thing else, that effects this 2.08 carat gemstone, is a reduced transparency that is common in darkly toned Rubellite.  I have also seen it in a Indicolite (blue tourmaline) from Afghanistan, but I still don’t know why this optical effect occurs.


About Bruce Fry

I was born in Summit, NJ in 1947 and graduated from Summit High School in 1966. I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1970 and after spending another year in graduate school, I left to see the world of Brazil. After spending some more time discovering myself, I ended up working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 32 years as an Air Quality Engineer in the Department of Environmental Protection. I retired in 2007 and took up faceting gemstones again after a long hiatus that reached back to my twenties. I had started cutting cabochons when I was 13 and bought my first faceting machine when I was 15, but ran out of money and time until I retired. My great love in gemology is tourmaline and the collection presented here represents my effort to get as much beauty and variety in the colors of tourmaline as I can. I was particularly lucky in being able to get unheated cuprian tourmaline before copper was discovered in gem grade tourmaline from Mozambique.
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