According to ancient Egyptian legend, tourmalines are stones that came from the centre of the Earth on a long journey that took them through a rainbow. This story would explain the fact that the tourmaline family is one of the most colourful and with the most variety. Each stone in this large family is identified by either a colour adjective (blue-green, green and pink, etc.), a name specific to their variety, or a name related to the location where it was found. As such, rubellite, a semiprecious stone belonging to this large family, owes its name to its resemblance to ruby, which is one of five gemstones.
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Rubellite is a tourmaline whose composition differs somewhat from that of pink tourmaline. It is richer in manganese allowing it to retain its shiny purple-red hues even when illuminated whilst pink tourmaline appears darker in such conditions. Furthermore, the most beautiful rubellites display greater clarity whilst their high copper content gives them a magnificent lustre. Rubellite comes in hues ranging from pinkish to red, typically mixed with a hint of purple. However, the most sought-after stones are the ruby-coloured varieties. Along with ruby, rubellite displays double refraction. Highly pleochroic, it is the most dichroic of gems. Today, rubellite, Paraiba tourmaline and tourmaline chrome are the rarest, most sought after and indeed most expensive from this family.
You can discover the properties of this family by clicking here. Tourmaline includes a large number of unique and colour-based varieties. When it comes to pink tourmaline, we typically refer to a stone of the rubellite variety whose colour varies between pink and red. This is the variety that will be the focus here. Among pink-hued stones, we can include dravites (light mahogany) and silerite (lilac pink to blue-violet). The term rubellite which refers to the most common pink tourmaline variety, comes from the Latin ‘rubellus’ meaning reddish. Whilst until recently, pink tourmaline was quite widespread and accessible, the increase in demand has had an impact on its steadily rising price. However, the quality of its colours still allows it to substitute pink sapphire, which remains more difficult to find. Pink tourmaline stone deposits are located in specific regions: Brazil, Madagascar, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Niger, Elba, India, Myanmar, Italy, Angola, Australia and the United States. Among all, the most beautiful varieties of pink tourmaline stone are those found in Shimoyo in Mozambique.
This stone provides beneficial support for emotional healing. It is second to none at healing old emotional wounds, especially those dating back to childhood. It allows us to dismantle entrenched destructive patterns through the heart chakra and to establish new emotional patterns that correspond to our new evolution thus dispelling emotional pain. It is perfect for moderating excessive emotions and understanding the causes. Rubellite dispenses maternal energy that is excellent for the heart chakra. The gentle and calming energy of this stone contains the vibration of the Cosmic Mother. This nourishing energy creates feelings of peace and safety, giving the individual the impression of being mothered. Pink tourmaline stimulates the ability to be compassionate, both towards oneself and others, thus helping to release energy blockages. It is therefore very useful for resolving conflicts and calming relationships with one’s mother and more generally with one’s maternal lineage.
Pink tourmaline stone is perfect for when you need a dose of unconditional love. First, this love must be given to oneself. It provides consolation when one is emotionally vulnerable. Using this stone allows you to discover the meaning of unconditional love, what you feel when you experience it and what you must do to become aware of it in your own life. Pink tourmaline helps to raise one’s consciousness in order to discern inharmonious thoughts and free oneself of internal chatter. Rubellite calms thoughts, especially those about oneself. It is therefore perfect for regaining confidence and self-esteem. As such, it is the perfect complement to black tourmaline for reducing anxiety and putting an end to obsessive behaviour.
This stone helps to activate the heart chakra. Untreated emotional injuries often interfere with proper functioning. This stone helps to purify the emotional body and repair the auric field. It strengthens the bonds between Heart and Crown chakras, activating the reception of Universal Love Energy. This stone is perfect for children, especially when they are hyperactive or have trouble sleeping. It brings a calming and balancing energy.
Physically, pink tourmaline stone helps to strengthen heart and lung capacities. It helps to calm the heart. It is very useful in cases of angina or irregular heartbeat. It provides positive support after a heart attack. In litho therapy, it is also considered as a skin regenerator, due to its rejuvenating abilities.