Jeffrey M. Bertman
Graduate Gemologist

Without question, ruby is one of the rarest, most valuable, and highly desirable of gemstones. Finer pure-red rubies in larger sizes often bring higher auction prices than flawless diamonds. However, fine stones over two carats are rare and, thus, quite costly. It is worth noting, therefore, that another gemstone that nearly rivals ruby in color (along with red spinel) provides consumers with a less expensive alternative. Rubellite, the red or pink variety of tourmaline, is the rarest member of its gem family and can be found in crystals up to three feet long. While rubellite may appear pinker than ruby, its saturated red color has been so ruby-like that it was mistaken for ruby in the Russian crown jewels.

Overall, good quality colored gemstones should, as a rule, be as free of inclusions as possible, in the case of the rubellite, subtle inclusions are regarded favorably. Interestingly, it is inclusions that make this stone really interesting to the connoisseur. The inclusions should not disrupt the way in which light passes through this gemstone, making it look cloudy or milky. A rubellite with only a few fine inclusions is more valuable than one with inclusions which are clearly visible. Choose a perfect pair of the finest quality earrings, ring, or pendant at 1402 Hancock Street, Quincy Center. Or reach us at 617-773-3636