Rubies are the fiery birthstone for those born in July. We love this stone for its glorious colour, historical significance, and exceptional durability. Rubies rank 9 on the Mohs scale (a scale of hardness based on the ability of one mineral to scratch another) and are second in hardness only to diamonds. This results in remarkable wearability that can last generations.
Keep reading to learn six interesting facts about this luxurious gem.
- Ruby is one of the most historically significant coloured stones. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, Ruby is called Ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones,” and was associated with the qualities of passion, health, success and wisdom.
The colour of Ruby is its most important quality factor. The most sought after colour is known as 'pigeon's blood', a strong pure red with a hint of blue. Red Ruby Hues ranging from slight orange to strong purple, though red is ideal.
- Rubies have long been a symbol of power and protection. One of our favourite examples? Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Her Ruby slippers kept her safe from the wicked witch of the west.
- Almost all rubies have flaws. Rubies without imperfections are exceptionally rare and can sell for prices higher than diamonds of a similar weight and quality.
- The Ruby is a favourite gem of the royal family. The Queen’s Burmese Ruby Tiara was created for Her Royal Highness by the House of Garrard. The 96 rubies mounted in the tiara were originally given to the queen as a wedding gift from the people of Burma, intended as a symbol of protection against illness and evil.
- Ruby is the red variety of the mineral Corundum. Sapphire is the other gem variety of Corundum and encompasses all colours except for red. Other than colour, Rubies and Sapphires have identical properties, so a Ruby is essentially a red Sapphire.
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