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Rubellite crystals from Madagascar

Believe it or not, but people in some countries think one of the gems of the winter month of December is rubellite - gem, that doesn't resemble snow or icicles. The name of the stone comes from the Latin word RUBELLUS, which translates as "reddish"; rubellite is a pink-red variety of tourmaline. Ruby red rubellites resembling ripe raspberries are especially prized.

However there is an exception here where not all red tourmalines are called rubellites. Rubellites are not just red or shocking pink tourmalines. There is a criterion to be followed and met for a red tourmaline to be called a rubellite tourmaline.

Basically, gemstones tend to change color based on the light source. However this does not exist in the case of true rubellites. This means that the rubellite tends to shine as intensely in artificial light as it does in daylight. In the case of red or pink tourmaline, the stone tends to display a tinge of brown in the presence of artificial light.

Elvis Presley's rubellite ring
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In the fascinating world of the gemstones, there is hardly any other stone, which has such a persuasive erotic aura. The color range of the rubellite comprises tender shocking pink as well as ambivalent violet. It takes these two components to get the best out of that seductive red. Fortunately, Mother Nature has created the rubellite in many color nuances, so that every woman can select the right rubellite for her type.

Rubellites are quite rare and have only become popular in the last few centuries. Some of the Russian Crown Jewels from the 17th century, once thought to be rubies, are actually fine examples of rubellite gemstones. Rubellites are believed to strengthen love and devotion as well as inspire creativity. Rubellite gemstones are also thought to help reduce stress, tension and anxiety.

Rubellites are cut in the most various ways, though the cutter must take account of the varying intensity of the color. Rubellites are mainly found in Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria and Pakistan. Some beautiful shocking pink rubellites come from gemstone mines in the USA.

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