Known to be the king of gems from the archaic times and continually in the present, Ruby has a set of profound properties that make it stand apart from the other gems. The pronounced red colour, singular exquisiteness and unmatchable charm make it preferentially admired by the masses. Its commendable qualities have the capacity to command the highest per carat price amongst the coloured stones.
Ruby like Sapphire falls under the variety of the mineral corundum which in its purest form stands colourless. The variations in the colour are a result of the presence of the trace elements in the mineral’s crystal structure. The trace element Chromium contributes to the staunch red hue of ruby. The colour gets stronger depending on the percentage of Chromium in its structure.
The word “ruby” has its origin from the Latin word “ruber” which connotes to the red colour. The various communities held a certain set of beliefs with regards to Ruby. Amongst these beliefs one such was where Hindus believed that offering fine rubies to Lord Krishna ascertained rebirth as an emperor. Another thought of school were the Burmese warriors who held the propositions that rubies made them invincible in war. According to the medieval Europeans rubies bestowed health, wealth, and success throughout.
The paramount factor which helps in determining the true value of a ruby is its colour. There is quite a range of colours that rubies have. Starting from the saturated red, to dark red and ranging to orangey red and purplish red. Despite the availability of the different colours, the most sought after colour by the collectors worldwide is the deep red, That’s why you see so many ruby earrings in static red colour. Sometimes tinged with a hint of purple and such rubies are known occasionally as “pigeon’s blood” in the trade attributing to their deep, unmistakable colour.
A ruby’s value gets impacted duly with its transparency and clarity characteristics. Inclusions can impact the value of rubies negatively as they affect its durability. However to think of rubies devoid any inclusions is practically impossible. Certain inclusions in the form of rutile or thin mineral needles contribute positively to the gem’s appearance.
Sources Of Ruby
Myanmar is the most famous source of rubies. Following Myanmar places rich in Ruby mines are Vietnam, Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. With the change in origin the composition changes as in some mines rubies have higher iron content while in other they are darker and less intense in colour.
In order to bring about improvements in the colour or clarity of the stone heat treatments are used as it causes fractures to heal in certain conditions. Additionally the treatments assist in decreasing the visibility of the fractures that are filled with a glass and repolished. Buyers should be aware of the treatments the gemstone has undergone.
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