Here are 10 facts I am sure you didn't know about the RUBY gemstone!
The name “ruby” comes from the Latin word “ruber” meaning “red”. Early records also named rubies “Ratnaraj” in Sanskrit, meaning “King of Gems”.
They can come in a variety of different shades. Rubies can be anything from a deep rich red to a more pinkish tone. They are made of corundum and get their signature red color from trace amounts of chromium. While corundum can come in many different colors, those stones would actually be classified as sapphires instead of rubies.
Pigeon blood ruby is the most sought-after color variety of the ruby gemstone. Pigeon Blood Ruby meaning is primarily associated with its color that matches exactly with the blood drawn from a freshly killed pigeon. The term is said to have originated from Burma, where locals call the finest and most vivid rubies ko-twe meaning “pigeon’s blood.” Other sources claim that the perfect ruby is also the color of the central point of a pigeon’s eye.
Regardless of the origin of the name, “pigeon’s blood” was a popular way of describing the finest rubies in literature, but there was no official description of the color until recently. All rubies are red, but they are not visually pure, as they have other secondary hues of pink, purple and orange. To be designated a ruby, the gem must be at least 51% red. So what other colors are mixed in with the ruby to make it pigeon’s blood? Pigeon’s Blood rubies tend to have a rich red color with an undertone of blue, adding depth to the robust color. Some say that pigeon’s blood is a visually pure vivid red gemstone.
Did you know a ruby can be more valuable than a diamond?
A high-quality ruby that weighs over 10 carats can sell for much more than a similar-sized diamond. Some large rubies have fetched sale prices upwards of $225,000 per carat. Comparably sized diamonds average a sales price of around $125,000 per carat. Rubies of this magnitude are significantly more rare than larger sized diamonds, which explains the difference in price.
Similar to Emeralds, almost all rubies have some type of imperfection, which helps in identifying synthetics. Synthetic rubies can be identified by its lack of inclusions. Simulated rubies were used in jewelry production since the 1850s. They are also known as garnet doublets, where a piece of garnet is fused with a pinkish-red piece of glass. This creates a gem that looks like a much more expensive ruby however is not a ruby it is synthetic.
It’s thought that ruby stones possess healing powers. These July birthstones are used for emotional balance, harmony, success, and contentment for the ruby wearer. The Ruby stone is perfect for any conditions of the blood or circulatory system. It detoxifies the blood and stimulates the lymphatic system. It also stimulates the adrenals, kidneys, reproductive organs, and spleen. In some traditions, ruby makes a king invincible and heals battle wounds; this is one reason why it's been popular on crowns and other items worn by royalty. Stories say warriors often carried rubies in battle. These were used as amulets for protection, strength, and courage. It was also believed that carrying rubies into battle would bring victory.
When given as a gift in a relationship a ruby symbolizes everlasting affection and flaming never-ending passion. The ruby gemstone is also known as the gemstone of courage. Legend has it that people who wear rubies will live a life without fear of bad luck and evil.
Diamonds may be forever, but natural, good-quality rubies are more valuable. Gem buyers place this stone at the top rank for investment purposes due to the fact that rubies are more rare and hold their value and market demand better than diamonds or other gemstones. Rubies are very hard and durable materials that do not lose their worth and can be enjoyed daily. It is never a bad choice to purchase a ruby necklace or a pair of ruby earrings. Rubies retain their value no matter what. As well as being given as heirloom to the next generations of the family.
Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom wore on her 91st birthday a ruby and diamond mesmerizing tiara. The ruby tiara was made by Garrard in 1973. The rubies used in the making of the piece were also a wedding gift; Elizabeth received them from the people of Burma. The gift included precisely 96 rubies, all of which are now set in the tiara. The Burmese people believe that rubies help protect the wearer from the 96 diseases that can afflict the human body — they definitely wanted to ensure that Elizabeth remained hale and hearty.
Red spinel was assumed to be a ruby until scientists discovered it was a completely different gemstone in the late 18th century! One of the most famous examples of this mistaken identity is the “The Black Prince’s Ruby”, a 170-carat irregular spinel bead that has been in the British Royal Family’s possession since 1367.
Ruby is known for the July birthstone. However, It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 15th or 40th anniversaries. Because rubies are thought to possess an eternal inner flame which is a symbol that the passion in a marriage is still very alive and strong after a milestone of years, 15 & 40 years together.
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