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Rubellite is the name used for the red or highly saturated pink sub-variety of elbaite tourmaline, but lighter pink stones may also be miss-sold as such. This coloration – which, according to the International Colored Gemstone Association, should remain constant under both outdoor and artificial lighting – is caused by the presence of trace manganese within the elbaite structure.

Aside from the electric blue paraiba material, rubellite hues are the most desirable and valuable within the tourmaline family of gemstones. Ruby-like pure reds tend to fetch the highest prices, while the presence of secondary brown tones will cause a stone’s value to fall significantly.

As with most varieties of tourmaline, rubellite displays strong dichroism and will therefore show hue variations depending on the stone’s orientation and/or the angle it is being viewed from.