A Comprehensive Guide To Rubies

A Comprehensive Guide To Rubies
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WorldExecutivesDigest | A Comprehensive Guide To Rubies | Red has always been a romantic colour, and the ruby ranges from pink to blood red and is very much sought after by top jewellery makers around the world. Ruby is a type of corundum, as is sapphire, and this gemstone is very durable, making for a popular choice for bespoke jewellery. 

Much like diamonds, rubies are graded using the 4C system: colour, clarity, cut and carat. The most valuable rubies are blood-red and the very best stones are mainly found in Myanmar, formerly Burma.

Where Are Rubies Found?

The can be found at certain parts of Southeast Asia – Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia. Rubies are also mined in parts of Africa – Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. The pure colour of blood (or pigeon) red rubies usually come from mines in Myanmar. A ruby with no inclusions is very rare.

Acquiring Loose Rubies

You can find natural ruby gemstone at Certified Diamond Network or at your city’s reputable custom jewellers who have access to trade price loose stones of varying quality to suit every budget. You might be looking for a blood-red ruby to house in a bespoke engagement ring; the best solution is to enquire with the leading custom jeweller.

Heat Treatment

Heat treatment can greatly improve the colour of a ruby and this practice is accepted in the industry. The majority of top-quality rubies have undergone heat treatment. There are synthetic rubies on the market, which is one more reason to acquire loose rubies from a custom jeweller, when you can be sure they are natural.

Hardness Factor

The ruby has a hardness value of 9.0 on the Mohs scale; only diamond and moissanite are harder, which means rubies are extremely durable. If your girlfriend loves red rubies, why not commission a stunning red ruby engagement ring that she will treasure forever?

July Birthstone

The ruby is the birthstone for July and is generally regarded as the most expensive of coloured stones; the world famous ‘Sunrise Ruby’ fetched a staggering $30.4m at Sotheby’s Auction in 2015. If you are looking to acquire loose rubies for a special engagement ring, search online for a custom jeweller; they have access to the best loose rubies and can design the perfect ruby engagement ring at a very affordable price.

Ruby Grading

Much like diamonds, rubies are graded using the 4C system:

  • Colour – The colour is the primary factor when valuing a ruby. A deep, vivid blood-red stone would command a very high price, yet there are uncut rubies to suit every budget. Colour can be split into three categories, namely hue, saturation and tone.
  • Clarity – While all rubies have inclusions, those that are not visible to the naked eye are highly valued.
  • Cut – Of course, any cut can be made. The custom jeweller can advise regarding the best cut.
  • Carat – This refers to the weight of the stone.

There are imitation and lab created rubies. If you want to be sure of getting a genuine ruby, talk to a custom jeweller, as this is the person who can obtain top quality gemstones.

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