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The Stone of Nobility

 

Energy, Vitality, Sensuality
 

Regarded by ancient Hindus as the “king of gems”, the ruby was believed to protect wearers from evils in the world. A stone of nobility, the ruby meaning signifies a talisman of passion, protection and prosperity. This ruby’s fiery shade of red has helped capture the feelings of romance that have existed since ancient times. It is no wonder that rubies have been known to symbolize love and passion. In the fascinating world of gemstones, the ruby is the undisputed ruler. It has everything a precious stone should have: magnificent colour, excellent hardness and outstanding brilliance. In addition to that, it is an extremely rare gemstone, especially in its finer qualities.

 

The History of Ruby

The word “ruby” is derived from the Latin word “ruber” which means “red”. Since the ruby is such a magnificent gem, it is no wonder that ancients believed it to be the most precious of stones. According to legend, the Emperor of China Kublai Khan once offered an entire city in exchange for a single ruby. The ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires. Ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, together with sapphire, emerald and diamond. Revered in many cultures throughout history, Ruby has always been a talisman of passion, protection and prosperity. It was reputed to bring its owner peace, drive away frightful dreams, restrain lust, and to help resolve disputes. Burmese legend declares inserting a Ruby into the flesh would make one completely invulnerable. No wonder that the royal families used in their jewelry extensively this fiery gemstone.

Raw, unpolished Ruby
Raw, unpolished Ruby
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Queen Elizabeth wearing the Burmese ruby tiara

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Pear cut gemstone
Pear cut gemstone
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Catherine the great coronation crown
Catherine the great coronation crown

Empress Catherine The Great (Russia) coronation crown. The crown is made of 5,000 diamonds, hundreds of pearls and a 415 carat ruby purchased from a Chinese Emperor.

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Shades of Ruby

There are different varieties of ruby making it a wonderfully versatile gift option.

Burmese Rubies – One of the most sought-after rubies. They have a deep red color and may have hints of blue or pink.

Thai Rubies – Second to the Burmese rubies, Thai rubies have darker undertones and can have a slight tint of burgundy.

Tanzania Rubies – The color of Tanzania rubies is exquisitely garnet. Smaller Tanzanian rubies are much more valuable.

 

The Ruby has excellent hardness and won’t scratch easily, it has  a hardness of 9 out of 10 on Moh’s Scale.

Different shades of Ruby
Different shades of Ruby
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Mohs scale of mineral hardness
Mohs scale of mineral hardness
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Ruby jewelery
Ruby is one of the most popular gemstones, and is used extensively in all forms of Jewelry. It is used both as centerpiece gemstone in pendants and rings, as well as a secondary stone to complement other gemstones such as Diamonds. Star Ruby is polished as cabochons, and, if clear, can be extremely valuable. Large Ruby gems are extremely rare. Fine colored Ruby with a deep red color and excellent transparency can reach several thousand dollars a carat. Engagement rings made with Ruby as a centerpiece, often surrounded by Diamonds, regained a huge popularity among the rich and famous.