The intense red glow of a Ruby ignites endless passion and desire. Many cultures today consider the Ruby to be “King of the Gemstones” as it has been seen as a treasure throughout the centuries and coveted by many different royals around the world. As the birthstone for July, rubies are strong and durable, second in line only to diamonds. In fact, on many occasions, jewelers pair rubies with diamonds for complete classiness and style. A popular trend is to pair rubies and diamonds in sterling silver settings for pendants, rings, and earrings. Though an extremely elegant gemstone, the Ruby is also a great stone for every day, casual wear, such as a Ruby pendant or a Ruby ring. For a significant other – look for jewelry that showcase rubies in the shape of a heart.

Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. This makes ruby one of the most important gems in the colored stone market. In its purest form, the mineral corundum is colorless. Trace elements that become part of the mineral’s crystal structure cause variations in its color. Chromium is the trace element that causes ruby’s red color.

Colour : The finest ruby has a pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red color. As the color becomes too orangy or more purplish, the ruby moves down in quality. The highest-quality rubies have vivid color saturation. The color must be neither too dark nor too light to be considered finest quality.

Clarity : People in the trade expect rubies to have at least some inclusions because inclusion-free rubies are rare. Ruby value depends on how visible the inclusions are. Obvious inclusions or inclusions that reduce transparency or brightness lower a ruby’s value dramatically.

Cut : Several factors affect the cut and proportion of rubies on the market. A ruby’s crystal shape dictates its suitability for certain cuts. The most common shape is a flat tabular hexagonal shape, but ruby crystals from some sources can be elongated.

Carat Weight : Fine-quality rubies over one carat are very rare, but commercial-quality rubies are commonly available in a wide range of sizes. The price per carat goes up significantly for ruby as it increases in size.

Rubies are most often located in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Thailand, and in South Carolina and Montana in the United States. Some of the highest quality rubies are found in Myanmar. Currently, mines are now being found in Greenland, Australia, and other parts of Africa and Asia.

The redness of rubies radiates vitality and strength, passion and love. Rubies are considered to be the stone of nobility. It is said to stimulate the body’s first chakra – the instinct of survival. Rubies can strengthen the heart – emotionally and physically and many believe that they provide the wearer with courage, loyalty, confidence, and strength. It is no wonder that royalty wished to be adorned with such a gemstone! Rubies are also said to reenergize the body when exhausted, balance blood sugar, and expel negative thought patterns.