This is a Rubellite, top quality red color, round#261

Included flashy Rubellite (high quality) red round. This standard round brilliant is a fine stable red that can be called a Rubellite. It has one inclusion, with the rest of the round being bright, flashy and eye clean. It weighs 2.42 carats.

Some tourmalines are memorable even when they are not large.  This standard round brilliant is a Rubellite and I really only like to use that old trade name for high quality red tourmaline.  The red tourmaline should not desaturate into a brownish shade of red.  I will accept a red that slides into purplish as the sky get bluer, but a Rubellite should be red under daylight equivalent lighting not a purple red.  I may sound picky about using Rubellite, but some people in the trade want to get rid of the name completely.  They claim among other things that tourmaline has never been mistaken for ruby and that is not true, historically.  Besides, who says that a fine Rubellite has to look like ruby to have a separate category for its exceptional color.  This beautiful Rubellite has an obvious inclusion next to its girdle.  I made a deliberate premeditated decision to leave it in, since it would be covered by a prong if it was ever set, and to take it out completely would have stolen too much beauty. This round is 2.42 carats of medium rich toned, flashy, fiery red.  I love Rubellite my way.

Bruce

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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