Learn About Ruby Gemstone

Emerald Cut Ruby Medium Pinkish Red 2.82 cts. 9.5 X 6 MMRubies give us the feeling of majestic royalty. For centuries, everyone from kings and queens to the common people were intrigued by ruby’s passion and internal flame. Fitting and famously called 'Ratnaraj' or the king of gems in Sanskrit, rubies always stood out for their glory. However, the word ‘Ruby’ derived from the Latin word 'Ruber', which translates to red.
In past centuries, rubies were considered more valuable than even diamonds. Rubies have always remained the favored stone of emperors and rulers across the world. At some point or another, almost all royalty have adorned ruby’s immaculate properties. In addition, the crown of Prince Charles IV of Luxembourg bore a ruby that weighed an impressive 250 carats. It is also believed that the Emperor of China used rubies to light up his room. Hebrews believed health, prosperity and joy could be conquered by carving a dragon on a ruby gemstone.
Soldiers in ancient Burma injected rubies into their skin, believing they would be saved from fatal wounds on the battlefields. Rubies are also said to induce fertility. A common belief mentions rubies to be the drop of blood that comes right from the heart of Mother Earth. Even today, rubies remain as one of the most inquired about gemstones.
Color is the most important quality determinant for rubies. Many ruby enthusiasts desire rubies because of their clear and vibrant red color. Like most gemstones, most rubies come with some form of inclusions, no matter how minimal or invisible they seem to the naked eye. However, the favorite ruby color (like all other gemstones) depends on one's personal preference, and they may consider factors such as tone, hue and saturation. Since rubies typically come in small dimensions, their large carat size versions are extremely rare and valued.
The color red symbolically evokes feelings of strong passion and romance. Denoting the essence of life and love, rubies make wonderful jewelry pieces. Rubies make exquisite pieces of jewelry, whether ruby rings, ruby earrings, ruby pendants or ruby necklaces. While more elaborate pieces consisting of adjacently studded diamonds make great accessories for special evenings wear and red carpet events.
The lustrous red color in a ruby is acquired after the stone undergoes heat treatment. It is only after rubies undergo heat treatment that they evolve into such breathtakingly stones. Being a permanent form of treatment, it keeps the color in a ruby intact for generations to come. Another form of treatment used for rubies is called diffusion, where using chemicals and exposing the surface to heat create the desired color. Apart from star rubies, this form of treatment is not recommended and frowned upon because rubies lose their natural beauty.
The most famous rubies originated from Myanmar in Burma, which are exceptional in beauty and aesthetics. While Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kenya and Tanzania have ruby production potential, other worldwide sources are located in Pakistan, Nepal, India and Afghanistan.

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Author : Ankit Daga