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Rubellite Tourmaline, October’s stone

 Rubellite, where pink meets red and violet. A color you won’t soon forget.

Rubellite comes from the Latin word “rubellus” meaning reddish, and while tourmaline comes in many colors only the finest of the pink color are called rubellite. Pink tourmaline is one of the traditional birthstones for October and the stone used to commemorate the 8th wedding anniversary.

Precious gemstones throughout history have been confused for each other; the Black Prince’s ‘ruby’ in the British crown jewels is actually red spinel and many of the ‘rubies’ from the 17th century Russian crown jewels are actually rubellite tourmaline.

The smooth surface of the cabochon cut lets the color of the rubellite speak for itself in this new ring by Philip Voetsch. Try it on and see if it holds up to the true test of a rubellite, shining as intensely in artificial light as it does in daylight. I bet you won’t forget it.