Rubellite is part of the family of tourmalines. It takes its name from the Latin meaning "reddish". Pink to red, often with a purple point, the ruby is the most popular.

The name tourmaline comes from an old Sinhalese word "touramalli" meaning "stone of mixed colors."

Tourmaline can take every color of the rainbow or present in the assembly of two or three colors. So-called red tourmaline / pink Rubellite the (very sought) and a bright blue tourmaline Paraiba (rare and expensive). There are also multi-colored crystals which appear with a different color on each side of the crystal. There is also a color crystals within the crystal coated with a different color on the outside, the latter with a pink interior and exterior are called green tourmaline watermelon.

Tourmaline has the ability to look like other gemstones and it sometimes produces some confusion. Many red gemstones in the crown jewels of the Russian 17th century, once considered rubies are actually tourmalines. The main mines Tourmalines are found in North America and Brazil.