Obviously rubylite is a red or pink gemstone. But which gemstone? Historical information or properties cannot be found in books or websites authored by gemologists. Contradictory descriptions and definitions are being given by websites selling it.
Expensive rubylite loose stones, rings, and pendant necklaces are sometimes listed on websites as rubies. Ruby is the name of the red variety of corundum. Other colors of corundum are sapphires. The rose colored corundum could be called either a pink ruby or a pink sapphire. Both are expensive, well known gemstones. Why would a seller choose to call either a rubylite?
Other websites include tourmaline in the name or in the description of the rubylite. Rubellite is the accepted name for a pink or red tourmaline. It is also known simply as pink tourmaline. A fine quality deep rosy red rubellite tourmaline is expensive, but not as well known as a ruby.
A few sellers add garnet to the rubylite name or description. There are many names for the various kinds of garnets. The rosy red or pink variety is known as rhodolite. It is more expensive than some of the more common red garnets, but not as valuable as a fine ruby.
Sellers of gemstone beads and beaded jewelry are also using rubylite. They sometimes identify it as dyed quartz. The beads appear to be lighter colors than the rubylite loose and set stones. They are rose or pink, not red. This jewelry is listed at lower prices. There is a man made quartz that is called ruby quartz, but it looks different from the rubylite beads.
Other rubylite beads are defined as dyed jade. They look very similar to the beads being marketed as ruby jade. They are dyed a deep red color. This color does not appear to be the same as any of the other stones listed as rubylite.
Most websites do not include any information which identifies the rubylite they sell. The supplier probably did not offer any.
Rubylite is a trade name. What is a gemstone trade name? It is a name given to distinguish a particular quality or variety, or to increase the value. When the name of a more valuable or more popular gemstone is included in the trade name, it is an attempt to increase value. In this case it is obviously ruby. The customer may:
1. Assume that the stone is a variety of ruby.
2. Mentally compare this stone to the more expensive ruby and decide that the price of the rubylite is a bargain.
Is rubylite being used as the trade name for all of these different gemstones? Why is there so much confusion concerning rubylite? Gemstones pass through many hands between the mine and the consumer. Any middleman seller can add the trade name or omit valuable information. Information may be verbal and often not given unless asked. Language interpretation can also create misunderstanding. The website seller may have added the trade name; may have added an incorrect identity; or may have access to no information other than the trade name.
Rubylite is a pretty gemstone. If you buy it, pay what you are willing to spend based only on the beauty of the stone. If the price is high, have the identity of the stone certified by a reliable gemologist.