Facts and figures about Rubies.
Which colour would you
spontaneously associate with love and vividness, passion and
power? Obviously this will evoke the colour red. Red
symbolizes love, it emanates warmth and a strong sense of
life. Red is also the colour of Ruby, the King of gemstones.
After all, in the fascinating realm of gemstones rubies are
the generally accepted emperors.
Ruby is the red variety of the
corundum mineral, one of the hardest minerals on Earth which
also includes Sapphire. Pure corundum is colourless. Slight
traces of the colour creating elements such as chrome, iron,
titanium or vanadium are responsible for the colour. These
gemstones show an excellent hardness. On the Moh’s Scale they
achieve a hardness of 9, second only to diamonds. And only red
corundum may be called Ruby, any other colour is denominate as
Sapphires. The close relationship of Ruby and Sapphire has
been known since the beginning of the 19th century. Up to that
time, also red Garnets or Spinel's were thought to be Rubies –
and due to this misclassification the so-called "Black Ruby”
as well as the "Timur Ruby” decorating the British Crown
Jewels are probably actually no Rubies at all, but Spinel's.
Ruby-red means Passion:
Red like Ruby. Ruby-red. The most
important characteristic about that valuable stone is its
colour. There is of course a reason for this: the name "Ruby”
was derived from the Latin word "rubens” meaning "red”. The
red of Rubies is in a class all by itself: warm and fiery. Two
magical elements are associated with the symbolism of this
colour: fire and blood, implying warmth and life for mankind.
And thus Ruby-red is not just any old colour, no, it is the
epitome of colour: hot, passionate and powerful colour. Like
no other gemstone Ruby is the perfect symbol of powerful
feelings. A ring set with a precious Ruby does not really
symbolise a calm and moderate sympathy, but rather passionate
and unbridled love which two people feel for each other.
Birthplace of Fine Rubies:
Which is the most beautiful Ruby?
This an excellent question. After all, a Ruby may show very
different shades of red depending on its origin. The range of
the different reds is quite considerable; compared to hotel
categories one might say it ranges from luxury accommodation
to simple and plain inns. For example, id the gemstone experts
talk about Burmese Ruby this indicates the top luxury
category. However, it does not necessary follow that the stone
has to be of Burmese origin. It is basically an indication of
the fact that the colour of said Ruby is the typical shade
originally shown by stones from the famous occurrences in
Burma, nowadays called Myanmar: a satiated red with a slightly
bluish hue. Sometimes "dove-blood-red” is also mentioned, but
the term "Burma-colour” is far more precise. An expert will
immediately associate this colour with the legendary "Mogok
Stone Tract” and the gemstone centre of Mogok in the North of
Myanmar. Here we will find the famous Ruby occurrences of the
country situated in a mountain valley surrounded by high
summits. By hard labour gemstones are brought to daylight in
the "valley of Rubies”, stones with a fascinating brilliance
second to none. Unfortunately, fine qualities are quite scarce
here, too. The colour of Burma Ruby is considered to be
exceptionally vivid. It is said to display its unique
brilliance in any light, natural or artificial.
Colour above (almost) Everything:
As stated above: colour is Ruby’s most important feature, and transparency is secondary only. Therefore, then, inclusions do not effect the quality of a Ruby, unless they decrease the transparency of the stone or are located right in the centre of its table. Quite the contrary applies: inclusions within a ruby are something like the gemstones fingerprints, stating its individuality while at the same time proving its genuineness like a certificate provided by Nature. The cut is essential: only a perfect cut will underline the beauty of this valuable and precious stone appropriately to make it really the "King of Gemstones”. But just as true love is rare indeed, so are really perfect Rubies. And if you find one, it is bound to cost a small fortune. Nevertheless: once you found "your” Ruby, do not hesitate: go for it and keep it!
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