Pink Tourmaline

Pink Elbaite Tourmaline is also referred to as Rubellite, and is found in shades varying from deep, almost ruby to pale pinks. Pink Tourmaline is a variety of Elbaite Tourmaline also called Rubellite. It was a favoured gemstone of Chinese Empress Tzu Hsi, who imported the pink gemstones via Tiffany's, from the San Diego mines in California. Over a period of 8 years in the early 1900s, Imperial China imported no less than 120 tons of gem quality pink Tourmaline. When she died in 1908, she was laid to rest on a pillow of Pink Tourmaline. Red and Pink Tourmalines were also one of the gemstones used to designate the highest rank of Chinese Mandarins, along with rubies.

Alternative Names Rubellite
Colour Pink
Hardness 7.5
Crystal system Trigonal
Streak White
Lustre Vitreous
Main Locations Brazil, Madagascar, USA, Afghanistan
Chakra Heart
Zodiac Libra, Sagittarius, Scorpio
Numerology 9
Planetary Venus
Element Water