This listing is for 1 of these stunning Ruby in Fuchsite Soapstones.
Size: 70 x 50 x 15mm
These Rubies glow Bright Pink under UV Light, also sold here
Occasionally, corundum crystals are found in fuchsite. When these corundum crystals are of a bright red color, the material is known as ruby in fuchsite. This material attracts a lot of attention at rock, mineral, gem, and lapidary shows because of the contrasting colors of the fuchsite and ruby, and because the corundum crystals often exhibit spectacular hexagonal shapes when cut in slabs, cabochons, spheres, and other objects.
If spelling and pronunciation problems were not enough, ruby in fuchsite is one of the most commonly misidentified gem materials. If you visit lapidary shows and online auctions, you will probably see ruby in fuchsite more often presented incorrectly as “ruby in zoisite” than as "ruby in fuchsite." This identification problem can easily be solved if a person learns the three facts below and uses them for identification.
1) Fuchsite has a hardness of 2 to 3, while zoisite has a hardness of at least 6.
2) Rubies have blue kyanite alteration rims in fuchsite but no alteration rims in zoisite. See the cabochon photos.
3) Ruby in zoisite is usually marked with a scattering of black hornblende crystals.
The next time you are at a rock, gem, or mineral show, watch for green and red cabochons or carvings. If you see blue alteration rims, it is probably ruby in fuchsite.