Rubellite is red or pinkish-red variety of boron silicate elbaite from tourmaline group

Rubellite is red or pinkish-red variety of boron silicate elbaite from tourmaline group.

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Rubellite tourmaline

Elbaite is a sodium, also lithium, aluminum boron silicate. The chemical composition is Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)4. It is a mineral species belonging to the six member ring cyclosilicate tourmaline group.

Also, Elbaite forms three series. with dravite, also with fluor liddicoatite, and with schorl. Due to these series, specimens with the ideal endmember formula are not found occurring naturally.

Another, Ii forms in igneous and metamorphic rocks. And veins in association with lepidolite, also microcline, and spodumene in granite pegmatites. With andalusite and biotite in schist. With molybdenite and also cassiterite in massive hydrothermal replacement deposits.

Furthermore, elbaite is allochromatic. It means trace amounts of impurities can tint crystals. And it can be strongly pleochroic. We found elbaite in every color of the rainbow. Some exhibs multicolor zonation. Microscopic acicular inclusions in some elbaite crystals. It shows the Cat’s eye effect in polished cabochons.

Finally, of the standard elbaite colors, blue indicolite gems are typically the most valuable. It follows by green verdelite and also pink to red rubellite.

Rubellite stone

Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral. Compounded with elements such as aluminium, also iron, also magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. It is classified as a semi-precious stone. The gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors.

Tourmaline is a six-member ring cyclosilicate having a trigonal crystal system. It occurs as long, also slender to thick prismatic and columnar crystals. That are usually triangular in cross section. Often with curved striated faces. The style of termination at the ends of crystals is sometimes asymmetrical, called hemimorphism.

Also, small slender prismatic crystals are common in a fine-grained granite. It is aplite, often forming radial daisy like patterns. Tourmaline is distinguished by its three-sided prisms. No other common mineral has three sides. Prisms faces often have heavy vertical striations.

It produces a rounded triangular effect. Therefore, tourmaline is rarely perfectly euhedral. An exception was the fine dravite tourmalines of Yinnietharra, in western Australia. The deposit was discovered in the 1970s. But it is now finally exhausted. All hemimorphic crystals are piezoelectric. They are also often pyroelectric as well.

Red tourmaline

pink tourmaline rough


What is the difference between rubellite and ruby?

Rubellite is in fact a super-gorgeous pink tourmaline. Because of its deep rich color, the gem is compared to the magnificent ruby, but the difference with a ruby lies in the structure and intensity of color. Rubies have a higher density and a richer red undertone.

What is the difference between rubellite and tourmaline?

Rubellite is a vivid, pink-red color but can also be purple or pink. Pink tourmaline comes in a range of pink shades. the stone holds its color under various lighting sources and appears red throughout. If the color changes from pink-red to light pink, then it’s a tourmaline.

What is rubellite good for?

The gemstone strengthens the ability to understand love and opens the heart with the knowing and acceptance of universal love. The positive energies of the stone promotes tactfulness and balances aggression or passivity. These energies also offer an increase in one’s physical endurance and stamina.

Is ruby more expensive than rubellite?

The rubellite is a multifaceted gemstone with a color range from tender dramatic pink to ambivalent violet and crimson red. It is highly prized and priced due to its rarity and unique beauty. Rubies have a higher density and a richer red undertone. That makes them more expensive as well.

How strong is rubellite?

Crystals are hard and durable gemstones, with a Mohs rating of 7 to 7.5. This makes them suitable for most types of jewelry. To keep gemstone jewelry in good condition, you’ll want to clean it regularly, especially if you wear it often.

What chakra is rubellite pink tourmaline?

It is an ultimate heart chakra stone. Helping your emotional well being and spirituality can open your heart chakra, giving peace and harmony. Love and spirituality go hand-in-hand and it encourages compassion and gentleness.

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