The ruby is one of the highest regarded coloured gemstones and, in certain cases, rival diamonds in value. What sets this stone apart from less prized gemstones is it’s inherent colour and beauty. Rubies are a fiery staple of the gemstone world with no shortage of character and connotation. From being referred to as the King of Precious Stones to having a place on one of the most treasured items in film memorabilia (think Wizard of Oz), the allure of rubies and ruby jewelry is so strong that it has worked its way into most cultures in the world. Here are some interesting facts about this precious stone:
1) Ruby is one of the four precious gemstones. The others are emerald, sapphire, and diamond. Ruby comes from the Latin "rubens" meaning red.
2) Rubies are found in shades of red, from rich darkish red to pigeon blood red and pinkish red.
3) Ruby gets its red colouring from trace amounts of chromium.
4) Rubies are made of corundum. Corundum comes in many other colorus, but those colours are classified as sapphires.
5) Ruby measures 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, second only to diamond and matched with sapphire. This makes ruby an extremely hard and durable gemstone.
6) Rubies have been found all over the world, including in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Africa, Australia and the USA.
7) The most precious rubies are those with a full, rich red colour with just a hint of blue tones.
8) Originally, the finest rubies were mined in Myanmar and it is from there that the term "Burmese Ruby" began to describe the finest rubies.
9) Ruby is the birthstone for July. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 15th or 40th anniversaries.
10) Almost all rubies have flaws. Rubies without imperfections are exceptionally rare and often times command prices even higher than diamonds of a similar weight and quality.
11) Rubies, because of their brilliant red hues, are often related to themes concerning the essence, love and vibrancy of life.
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