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The beauty, allure, rarity and historical mystique of
rubies are well known. The earliest record of the rubies goes back to more
than 2,500 years ago in Sri Lanka. The ancient Hindus were so enchanted by
the color of rubies that they called them Rajnapura or “King Of Gems."
Rubies command one of the highest per carat prices among other gemstones
including diamonds. A 15.97 Carat faceted Mogok ruby was sold at Sotheby’s
in New York for $3,630,000 or $227,301 per Carat in October 1988.
Gemstone species: Ruby
Treatments: None known
Color: Pigeon Blood Red
Clarity: Translucent to Opaque
Carat weight: 2.20 ctw
Measurements: 7x5 mm
Country of origin: Burma
What makes this gemstone unique?
Ruby is the birthstone for July. It belongs to the corundum family
that also includes sapphire. With hardness of 9, it is suitable for
a variety of jewelry. Ruby from Burma are considered some of the finest in the world.
Because of a US embargo on products from Burma, only those gemstones that
were exported decades ago are available in the US for sale.
Eye Clean – Gems that
are clean to the naked eye.
Loop Clean - No imperfections are visible at 10x magnifications
(a jeweler's loop)
VSI (very slight inclusions) - While these gems have some small
inclusions, they will not diminish the brilliance and beauty of the
gem when set
SI (slight inclusions) - These gems have some inclusions visible
to the naked eye but not to the extent of affecting the brilliance
of the gem.
Included - These gems have some larger and/or many minor
inclusions that somewhat diminish the brilliance of the gem.
Transparent - Transparent gems allow light to pass through them
without diffusing (scattering) the light.
Translucent - Translucent gems allow light to pass through them,
but the light is somewhat diffused (scattered).
Opaque: No light passes through the gemstone.
Few other gems have as much myth, lore and romance
surrounding them as ruby. The queen of gems,
deep red ruby is the rarest and most valuable of gemstones. Historically, many
mystical powers lie within this intensely colored red gemstone. When inserted
beneath the skin,
the ancient Burmese believed that the stone generates a mystical force, which
protects the wearer
from accidents and attacks. Rubies have been so loved by royalty, they have
always included them
in their insignias and famous jewelry.
Ruby is the birthstone of July. Ruby is the
anniversary gemstone for the 15th and 40th year of
Traditional Metaphysical Properties of Ruby:
spiritual wisdom, attainment of values,
economic stability, protection from distress.
More information on the healing properties of
ruby can be found here.
To learn more on the healing properties of
gemstones, please visit our gemstones infocenter:
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