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Highly prized for its vivid colors, ranging from strong tones of red to shocking pink. The name comes from the latin 'rubellus', which means 'reddish'. Rubellite is the red 'variety' in the Tourmaline family of gem materials. In recent years Rubellite has been in strong demand, especially in China and other Asian markets for its’ color and resemblance to Ruby, albeit it at a much lower price than a comparable quality and color Ruby gem. This being said, the cost of Rubellite has appreciated significantly in recent years with a price per carat of high quality material at around USD300 in 2010, to its’ current price in March 2015 of USD525 per carat for comparable quality material.

Owing to its many colors, Tourmaline in general is the birthstone for the month of October, this being said where Rubellite is being used as a Ruby substitute it has also been reported to be used for the Ruby birth month of July.

Tourmaline is used to celebrate the wedding anniversaries of 8 years. Similarly, when it has been used as a Ruby substitute, Rubellite is used to celebrate the wedding anniversaries of 15, 40 and 80 years.

Tourmaline has been known to be used as the Zodiac stone for Leo, whilst when used as a Ruby substitute, Rubellite serves as the Zodiac stone for Capricorn.

Important locations from which Rubellite is sourced include Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria and Pakistan to name a few. Blossomjewels typically sources its Rubellite from parts of Africa or Madagascar.

Rubellite is reasonably hard with a Mohs’ rating of 7.5/10, so it is well suited for everyday wear.

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