Red as Rubellite should be, droplet of color#614

Flawless red, Rubellite droplet of color  #614 This standard round brilliant red and that is all it ever is, red. It appears to be eye clean and bright enough to really show off its red color. It weighs 1.23 and is a fine droplet of color and is a Rubellite.

I was reading that Rubellite should be dropped from being a trade name for red tourmaline because it is deceptive.  This despite the fact that Rubellite is an old established name under which millions of tourmaline have been sold.  The rational was that no tourmaline’s really look like rubies (corundum gets dibs on the Latin root for red, because its ruby, I guess) and on top of that it is never really red.  I think a better route is for the trade to limit Rubellite to stones like the posted round.

This standard round brilliant, is red like most rubies are not.  It does not go brown or purplish under adverse condition like incandescent light or gray days.  It actually appears to be eye clean and have a light enough tone to really show off the red.  This would be exceptional for many rubies on the market.  It weighs 1.23 carats and deserves to be honor as a Rubellite, droplet of color.


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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