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When Tourmaline appears to look like a Ruby it is renamed Rubellite. However, just like the debate about when a dark Pink Sapphire becomes a Ruby, Tourmaline is only renamed Rubellite if its deep red colours are seen in both daylight and artificial light. If its hues are not profound under both lighting conditions, it is renamed Pink Tourmaline.
Rubellite’s name is derived from the Latin word “rubellus” which literally translates to “coming from red”.
Inclusions in Rubellite are fairly common, as the chemical structures responsible for its wonderful colour also create “jardin” (the French word for garden, used to describe Mother Nature’s inclusions).
The gem is a real treasure. It is far rarer than its closest rival Ruby and many people find it infinitely more attractive. However, as often happens in the gem world, it does not command such a high price as its competitor, due to it being less well-known.
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