Color: Pink, red, violet
Hardness: 7 - 7.5 Mohs
Specific Gravity: -
Refractive Index: -
Rubellite is in fact tourmaline in red or pink color. Classified as 'semi-precious', rubellite is the most valuable tourmaline although green tourmaline is the most desirable color.
Understanding the Price
As you can guess, the price highly depends on size and quality. The bigger the size, the more expensive it is per carat. That goes with the quality too - the cleaner, the more expensive it gets. Luckily, there are large quantities available in the market. Check your nearest jewelry shop for a better price range.
Where are they coming from?
Some Brazilian crystals can reach enormous size but may not be gem quality. Fine ones are from several African countries. Sri Lanka may be the first source of this gem.