Similar in appearance to the ruby, rubellite is dark pink to red. Its hue can change when viewed from different directions.
Rubellite tourmalines in the 17th century Russian Crown Jewels were originally thought to be rubies. In the early 1900s, rubellite mined in the U.S. was a favorite of the Dowager Empress of China.
USE IN JEWELRY:
Suitable for all types of jewelry designs.
7-7.5 (1 softest to 10 hardest)
Sometimes heat-treated to improve color.
Clean by rinsing in warm water and drying with a soft cloth. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners should be avoided.