Ruby has been widely considered as one of the most valuable gemstones in the world, symbolically representing passion, vivacity and love.
Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, like sapphire. In truth Ruby is a red sapphire since they both are identical in all properties apart from colour. However, due to Ruby’s historical significance and exceptional nature it has been classified as an individual gemstone but never described as a sapphire.
Not only Ruby is desirable for its bright red colour and exceptional brilliance, it is also one of the hardest gemstones with the hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale.
The rarest and most valuable Rubies usually comes from Mogok, Burma
(Myanmar). Burmese ruby is sometimes referred to as ‘pigeon blood red’ and has a luxurious natural red colour that increases the value of the gemstone that can sometimes rival or even surpass diamonds in the current market. The colour of Burmese ruby is described as exceptionally vivid, displaying brilliance in any lighting conditions. Rubies are also sourced from Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Tanzania, Mozambique, Pakistan, Australia and the U.S.
Notable famous rubies includes the Black Prince’s Ruby on the Imperial State Crown with its origin dating back in the middle of the 14th century, Elizabeth Taylor’s stunning Van Cleef and Arpels 8.24ct ruby and diamond ring from her then husband Richard Burton and Queen Elizabeth Burmese ruby tiara created by Garrard and Co. The world’s most famous ruby has to be the Rosser Reeves Ruby from Sri Lanka. Weighing at 138.7 carats, is one of the largest and finest star rubies.
Ruby makes the perfect engagement ring and its versatility is limitless. The design can be as a solitaire to show off the ruby on its own or it can be complemented with diamonds surrounding the gemstone or on the band. Ruby and diamond eternity ring is extremely popular for 40th wedding anniversary.