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Ruby

"Red is the color of our most intense emotions "
love and anger, passion and fury. As a symbol of passion, ruby makes an ideal romantic gift. The lush color of the Ruby also signifies wealth and success.

Bashert Jewelry. Ruby - love and anger, passion and fury. As a symbol of passion, ruby makes an ideal romantic gift. The lush color of the Ruby also signifies wealth and success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Ruby is one of the highest valued colored gemstones; in fact, large rubies can fetch higher prices than equivalently sized diamonds. Ruby has been prized for centuries because of its excellent Mohs scale hardness of 9, along with its treasured rich red hue and vitreous lustre.


Birthstones & Anniversaries:
Ruby is the birthstone for July and the gem for the 15th and 40th anniversaries.

Interesting Facts:

Rubies are Favorited gems among royalty and the rich and famous. Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Marlene Dietrich have all been known to purchase and wear exceptional ruby pieces. Rubies are estimated at 50 times rarer than diamonds but cost only a few times more for similar size and quality. Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. This makes ruby one of the most important gems in the colored stone market. Ruby is the most valuable variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes sapphire. Chromium is the trace element that causes rubies’ red, which ranges from an orangey-red to a purplish-red. The strength of ruby’s red depends on how much chromium is present—the more chromium, the stronger the red color. Gemologists consider Ruby - the "rock star" of trace elements.  Rubies also have a famous scientific use - the first lasers were made from artificial ruby crystals.

Properties :

Fine ruby glows with intense red in sunlight thanks to red fluorescence, which intensifies its red color. Today the prices of fine-quality rubies have been breaking auction records. Countries mining Ruby include Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Other sources are Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, India, Cambodia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Tajikistan, the USA, and Vietnam.

  • Color  - Color is the most significant factor affecting a ruby’s value: Fine gems are a pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red.
  • Clarity  - If a ruby's inclusions affect its transparency or brilliance they reduce the gem’s value significantly. 
  • Cut - Rubies are commonly fashioned as mixed cuts, which have brilliant-cut crowns and step-cut pavilions.
  • Carat Weight  - Fine-quality rubies over one carat are very rare and price goes up significantly as size increases
  • Famous Ruby Gemstones:

     

  • The "Edwardes Ruby"  -  This outstanding beauty weighs 167 carats and is displayed at the British Museum of Natural History in London.
  • The “Rosser Reeves Star Ruby"  -  Weighing 138.7 carats that can be seen at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
  • The "DeLong Star Ruby"  -  weighs 100 carats and is exhibited in the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
  • The "Peace Ruby"  -  which weighs 43 carats, was found in 1919.
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    Photos Courtesy of GIA