Rubelite is a beautiful and curious stone. Know for it’s pinkish and red tones, similar to rubies, it makes great jewellery pieces and is in high demand. Their hardness of 7 to 7.5 and the fact that they have no cleavage are the reasons they make ideal stones for jewellery. The value of the stone depends on the colour and tones, for example, some light pink stones are labelled as Rubelite, but are in reality pink tourmaline. And this, in turn, effects the value of the stone. Furthermore, the cut also adds value to the gem.
Where does Rubelite come from?
The first thing you need to know about Rubelite is that it belongs to the tourmaline family. However, not all pink and red tourmalines deserve to be called rubelites. It is only the most vivid and saturated colours who earn the name. And the name Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word ‘tura mali’ meaning ‘mixed coloured stones’. Rubelite earnt its name from its striking similarity to Rubies, but of course, less valuable.
Rubelites are mined from many places around the world, but most noticeably, from the USA, Brazil and Africa.
You can find pretty much every colour of tourmaline in Brazil. So, it should come as no surprise to find out that some of the best Rubelites have also come from this country. This is because rivers have washed through deposits of igneous rock, where tourmaline is found, and spread them throughout the country.
When talking about rubelites in the United States, two clear states come to mind: Maine and California. During the late part of the 19th century and early part of the following, these two states where world leaders when it came to the production of tourmalines, especially rubelite.
Africa is well known for all the gemstones you can find in this mineral rich country. While stones from this continent are less expensive than the ones from Brazil, they are still a major producer of beautiful gemstones.
When you come to price up such a gemstone as a rubelite, there are things your need to consider. The colour it one of the main considerations when looking at this stone. Stones that contain orange or brown hues are less valuable than those that are deep pinkish red or purpleish red. Those two colours are the most desired when it comes to obtaining the best Rubelite. Besides the colour, is the cut.
Brazilian rubelites will have a native cut, but if you get a custom cut, it does add value. Now, natural rubelites will always have inclusions because they are Type III gems. This being said, collectors and jewellery buyers value eye-clean, untreated rubelites the most. In recent years though, African deposits have been producing the cleanest rough yield. But the colour of the stone includes brown hues, devaluing it slightly compared to the clear colours of its Brazilian sister.