Where does your ruby belong to : Burmese Ruby, Sri Lankan Ruby, Cambodian Ruby | Angara
Where does your ruby belong to
Some people reference Burmese when explaining the quality of rubies, but this practice is misinterpreted and wrong. Burmese actually represents the origin of the stone. The origins of a stone effect their price because of the source’s natural color, tone, saturation and overall quality. For clarification, this does not mean that a mediocre quality ruby from Burma is a higher value than a better quality ruby from Sri Lanka. Origin comes into play when we are differentiating amongst the finest ruby assortments. Below are a few parameters that may help us in determining the gemstone’s origin.
Mines of Burma, Myanmar have a reputation of producing finer quality rubies. These rubies are at their peak with pinkish red and purplish red colors. Apart from their primary hue, they also have optimal tones being medium to medium dark in color. These rubies have a pure color with the least gray masking. They display color zoning with pink overtones. Intense tones and color purity result in deep saturations.
Sri Lankan ruby:
Unlike Burmese rubies, Sri Lankan rubies do not display pink overtones. They are mostly purplish red to medium red in color. Their tone ranges from medium to very light. Although they have less gray masking, their colors can be heavily and unevenly distributed.
Thai and Cambodian Ruby:
Cambodian rubies fall behind Burmese and Sri Lankan quality. Their colors range from purplish red to orange red. Their basic color is often marked by gray to brownish hues. Apart from the above ruby evidence, they are also found in Tanzania, Madagascar, Vietnam, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Pakistan. A small number of rubies have been discovered in USA states of Montana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Recently deposits of ruby were also found in Greenland and Kenya. However, rubies from these regions are neither prominent in quality, nor do they produce in commercial quantities.