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    About Ruby

    Ruby is one of the big three color gemstones and it is known for its unmistakable vibrant red color. Though the shades of red may vary, its ‘pigeon blood’ red is the one which is most sought after and makes a ruby gemstone more valuable than others.

    Ruby is the sister gemstone of sapphire since it is formed with the same mineral-corundum. Corundum is a naturally occurring mineral which is found in many places around the world. During the formation stage when chromium gets mixed with corundum, it gives rise to the red color in the substance. The word ruby itself comes from the Latin word ‘ruber’ meaning red.

    Color of Ruby

    The concentration of chromium in the mineral corundum is the key determining factor whether the resulting gemstone is a pink sapphire or a ruby. Both these gemstones are different in only one respect which is the intensity of color. This color may range from orangish red to purplish red.

    The stronger presence of chromium in rubies sometimes gives them the characteristic of fluorescence making them glow in the dark. This attribute gave rise to a belief that rubies possess mystical powers and that the glow is due to some magical power or other-worldly powers. But thanks to modern science we now know the true reason behind the glow in certain ruby gemstones.

    Hardness & Durability

    Ruby is quite a strong gemstone measuring 9 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. This hardness makes the stone extremely suitable to be worn into jewelry of any kind. Ruby as the center stone is the most popular choice for engagement rings. Since the red color or ruby symbolizes love and passion, it has gained an unparalleled position in the minds of people.

    A Variety of Ruby Jewelry

    In addition, ruby wedding bands, solitaire ruby rings, halo ruby rings, ruby earrings, ruby pendants and ruby bracelets are the jewels that every woman desires to own in her vanity. The collectors often look for rare rubies with ‘silk’ inclusions which give the stones a very sublime dreamy appearance due to the way light is scattered from these beauties.

    Those born in the month of July enjoy having ruby as their birthstone. It is also the traditional gift for the fifteenth and fortieth wedding anniversaries.

    FAQ - Ruby

    Myanmar, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal are the countries in Asia where the rubies are sourced. Other notable sources are Cambodia, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Madagascar.
    A ruby symbolizes love, passion, affluence among many other things.
    Ruby spreads its sparkle irrespective of the metal it is paired with. So you can choose anything from yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum.
    One of the most famous pieces of ruby jewelry comes from the royal family of England. An Edwardian style ruby necklace from the jewelry collection of Queen Elizabeth II is perhaps the most talked about jewel.
    Yes, definitely you can opt for a ruby engagement ring. Since a ruby symbolizes love and romance, it makes for the perfect choice for your engagement ring.
    There is no way an untrained eye can evaluate the authenticity of a ruby. It’s best to purchase your ruby from a trusted source such as GemsNY, where you can get the certificate of authenticity with every purchase and a free return option.
    The true value of a ruby can only be judged by a trained professional such as a gemologist or by the gem certification agencies such as GIA or AGL etc. Nevertheless, you should evaluate a ruby based on four Cs – color, clarity, cut, and carat weight.