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What is Rubylite?


#1

I have obtained some very pretty, translucent beads which are
raspberry red, and are called ‘rubylite’. Does anyone have any
about this stone? The closest I have come to it is
rubelite, which I believe is a type of tourmaline. I wondered whether
’rubylite’ is just a mis-spelling (you’d be surprised how often I see
fluorite described as flourite), as the colour is similar to some
rubies, and spelled this way would be a more attractive name with the
connatations of an association with a precious gemstone. Thanks Pat


#2

I would suspect this is another attempt to defraud the consumer with
a tricky name to make the consumer think it’s something it isn’t. If
they are rubellite, they should be quite expensive --??

Margaret
@Margaret_Malm2,
in Utah’s colorful Dixie


#3
    I have obtained some very pretty, translucent beads which are
raspberry red, and are called 'rubylite'. 

Hi Pat, I’m sure you’ll get a lot more accurate answers than the one
I’m about to provide, but when I came across and purchased some of
these a few months ago I was told they are a heat-treated quartz.

I’ll be interested to see what the wise rockhounds on this list have
to say. :slight_smile:

Carrie
Wired Contemporary Jewelry
http://www.wiredjewelry.com


#4

Pat - It sounds as if you may have gotten some of the glass which
was discussed earlier this year, which is also being marketed as a
variety of quartz. If you don’t have direct access to a good
binocular microscope then use the highest power loupe you have
available: examine the stones for small bubbles or flow lines, which
as dead giveaways that you have glass. I’m sure other members will
have other hints.

Jim Small
Small Wonders Lapidary


#5

About a year ago, I purchased some beads named “rubylite.” When I
asked what rubylite was, I was met with a blank stare and the answer
that it was “a type of stone.” Duh!

Anyway, I bought them because I liked their look and decided to find
out if they were dyed. (I dipped the beads in warm water.) Yup -
dyed. Closer inspection indicated to me that they were probably
quartz of some kind. A little research, and I was convinced that
they were dyed agate. However, I think the name is just a “trade
name” not anything scientific.

In the bead world, the element of science seems to be missed
entirely. It’s simply a matter of taste, because quality is a realm
of the “rich and famous” who buy the calibrated gem stones and
scientific terminology is only required by the lapidary. (I do beg
to differ with this mentality.)

So. . . shall we now discuss the term “gem?” I believe there are
some FTC guidelines that apply to that term. So, I’m wondering if I
now need to change my company name to comply with the guidelines? :slight_smile:

Susan
Sun Country Gems
www.suncountrygems.com


#6

Pat, As I know it Rubylite is the name some folks call the pink
shade of Watermelon Tourmaline. I love those, such a gorgeous
color!

Vera B.


#7

Dear Pat:

I bought some of this material back in the old beadin’ days. It is a
dyed stone, of a translucency and texture similar to marble. I’m not
a lapidary; I don’t know what it was mineralogically. The color was
more intense at the drill-holes, surface cracks, and wherever the
material looked more porous.

Be advised that it will fade with prolonged exposure to sunlight!

This to me was proof positive it was dyed. I also broke a bead to
see, and it was lighter inside. It may very well rub off on
clothing, too. When I found my earrings faded on the rack, I gave
the rest of what I had to kids, warning them, of course.

It was very inexpensive, as I recall, and very pretty. (Pretty,
but…)

Lin Lahlum


#8

Reading the posts on this, it seems you were misled by only one
"letter"-- they should have said “ruby-Lite”.

Noel