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Rubellite Tourmaline Buying Guide

Our rubellite buying guide can help you learn how rubellites are graded, what to avoid, and how to identify a high-quality stone or a bargain in the rough.

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Rubellite Buying and The Four Cs

To help your rubellite buying experience go smoothly, I’ll share my personal opinions and experiences dealing with this stone.


Sellers often misrepresent rubellite. A rubellite is not a ruby. They also misrepresent rubellite’s color. True rubellite colors range from a medium to dark saturated red/red, red/purple, to red/purple/very slight peach. Think raspberry, like the fruit.

Personally, I would grade a red/purple/very slight peach stone as a little less valuable. However, some people really like the peach tone. I think it’s OK but just not a top rubellite color.

How Does Rubellite Color Shift Affect Value?

Keep in mind that natural, untreated rubellites have a very slight to strong peach shift in incandescent light. Depending on the amount of shift, I would grade a stone a little lower as it becomes more peach. (Again, this is my personal opinion).

Ideally, look for a pure red/purple/pink to red/red/purple/pink stone with minimal color shift (peach). At some point, hot pink/red/purple becomes intense enough to qualify as rubellite. You can have difficulties judging this often borderline color. Generally, I think the stone should be intense and more red/purple than pink/purple. I will often grade a…

Jeff R. Graham

The late Jeff Graham was a prolific faceter, creator of many original faceting designs, and the author of several highly-regarded instructional faceting books such as Gram Faceting Designs.

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