Measurements: ~ 2-1/4" across
Ruby in Fuchsite
Ruby is a rare gemstone variety of Corundum, the other famous variety being Sapphire. Corundum by itself is colorless, being made of only aluminum and oxygen, but Ruby is distinguished by its rich red color. This comes from small amounts of chromium replacing some of the aluminum. Fuchsite is a chromium rich variety of the mineral muscovite, belonging to the mica group. Fuchsite is named after the German chemist and mineralogist Johann Nepomuk von Fuchs.
Ruby in Fuchsite is the natural combination of both Fuchsite and Ruby in a single specimen. Ruby in Fuchsite can vary tremendously in color, pattern and hardness depending on its exact composition and how it was cut. Fuchsite gives the colorful stone its blue-green to emerald-green color, while Ruby inclusions provide attractive pink and red highlights. Both Ruby and Fuchsite are colored by traces of chromium.