Rubellite Tourmaline is well known for its beautiful red colors, and is sometimes referred to as the Red Tourmaline. Rubellite Tourmalines are traditionally found in Brazil, however in recent years some have been found in Afghanistan. The location from which the Rubellite is found does not have an effect on the gemstones value.
True Rubellite Tourmalines have a range of colors from red, red and purple, or red, purple and peach. The more desired color of Rubellite Tourmaline is the pure red; the stone’s color should resemble that of a raspberry.
It is very common for Rubellite Tourmalines to have inclusions, however like other tourmalines this does not take away from their beauty if cut properly. Most Tourmaline gemstones, since they are formed in areas with heavy moisture, have small tube-like inclusions. Finding any Tourmaline gemstone without inclusions can be very rare, and the value of no eye-visible inclusions is significantly more than a Tourmaline with inclusions.
What makes Rubellite Tourmaline so desirable is that it can be cut in any way to fit the wearers need. However, if there is a rougher and heavily saturated stone, it would be best to cut the gemstone in a brilliant or checkerboard style. If the Rubellite contains many tube-like inclusions, the best cut to showcase the beauty of the gemstone may be the cabochon.
Rubellite Tourmaline is a common gemstone, so it is available in many sizes. The most common of sizes are 1 to 6 carats; however 8 to 15 carat gemstones are also available. In rare instances, one can find Rubellite Tourmalines well over 15 carats, however these sizes are much more difficult to find.