The vote is in and a Rubellite (red) declared, oval.#285

A red that made it to be a Rubellite, oval This darker red oval is a eye clean with good crystal, stand out. It merits being call a Rubellite, which is a trade name for red tourmaline. It flash is restrained by its rich tones. It weighs 4.71 carats.

I love Rubellites and I am demanding in declaring was is a good enough red to be called a Rubellite. Nothing with a brown problem or a significant degree of purple under normal daylight conditions should be called a Rubellite in my book.  This good sized oval has an average medium dark tone level for a Rubellite and its amount of flash is restrained by the darker tone.  Still it is an eye clean gemstone that is a more personal gemstone than many pinks.  It needs to be handled with an intimate touch to appreciate its sultry charms.  It weighs 4.71 carats.


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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