RUBY (for all those July birthdays)

Posted on Monday, November 30th, -0001 at 12:00 am by Lauren

Ruby - The most valuable variety of corundum.  Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires.  The name "Ruby"given to the red gem quality corundum, was named for its red color in Latin "Rubeus".

Rubies may be any shade of red, from pinkish to purplish or brownish red, depending on the chromium and iron content of the stone. ruby is a tough mineral only second to the diamond in hardness.  They are a 9 on the MOHS Hardness scale. 

The quality of a ruby is determined by its color, cut, and clarity, which, along with carat weight, affect its value. The brightest and most valuable shade of red called blood-red or pigeon blood, commands a large premium over other rubies of similar quality which is known to come from Myanmar.  After color follows clarity: similar to diamonds, a clear stone will command a premium, but a ruby without any needle-like rutile inclusions may indicate that the stone has been treated. Ruby is the traditional birthstone for July and is usually pinker than garnet, although some rhodolite garnets have a similar pinkish hue to most rubies. The world's most valuable ruby is the Sunrise Ruby.  Rubies have also been found in Thailand, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Vietnam, India, Russia, Norway, Austrailia, and our very own back yard USA (North Carolina, South Carolina, Montana, and Wyoming).

Elizabeth Taylor said about the Burmese Ruby and diamond ring, “It was the most perfect colored stone I'd ever seen.” Bidders at the 2011 Christie's auction clearly agreed as the same ruby-and-diamond ring sold for $4.2 million and set a per-carat record for a ruby at $512,925 on Jul 1, 2013.

So as Elizabeth did, get out that ruby and take a minute to fully enjoy the beauty of of the stone.  If you don't have one, come on in and we can help with any Ruby needs you might have!