Ruby is one of the most popular gemstones not only in India but across the globe. From celebrities to business tycoons and working professionals – there are many who possess this beautiful gemstone and flaunt it proudly.
While some may do it for vanity, others do it for astrological reasons; nevertheless, the magnificence of this gemstone never gets reduced.
If you are born in the month of July, then Ruby gemstone is your birthstone, and you can reap the benefits that this stone brings along.
Here’s what you need to know if you are considering to buy a ruby gemstone.
Ruby Stone History
Historically, the Ruby stone was attributed as“Ratnaraj” in Sanskrit, meaning the “king of gemstones.” Being red in color, which also happens to be the color of human blood, the ruby gemstone is believed to be associated with the power of life, representing flowing blood in the veins.
Apart from being the birthstone for July born babies, this gemstone is also considered auspicious as a gift to couples on their 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
In addition to being a symbol of life, love, and romance, ruby also represents wealth and success.
From Myanmar to Vietnam and Thailand, ruby gemstone is found all over the world. Huge deposits of natural, spectacular rubies could be found in Cambodia as well. Some of the other origins of ruby gemstone are Madagascar, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.
Ruby Gemstone Properties
Ruby, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide), is a traditional cardinal gem. The presence of chromium traces in the gem gives it a stunning red hue.
Being a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, this gemstone is one of the highly sought-after gemstones in the world. The robustness makes it a hard-wearing stone which is perfect to be adorned every day either inside a ring, a bracelet or a pendant.
The high prized varieties of rubies are usually formed in marble and contain a higher concentration of chromium than the other varieties. These also have a little iron, bringing a bright red tone to the stone.
Those rubies that have more iron content are typically the ones that are found in basalt. These are darker in color.
Somewhere in between, lie the rubies formed in the amphibole-bearing gneiss, which have lesser iron than those basalt formed rubies and higher iron than the marble formed rubies.
Color – Owning a ruby stone that has a pure, vibrant red hue, is the desire of many. Color determines the true worth of this stone and the lighter it gets, the less valuable it becomes.
Clarity – While too many inclusions can reduce the worth of the ruby stone, having an inclusion-free ruby is extremely rare. This is why, an ideal gemstone is the one that has some fine inclusions, indicating its purity.
Cut – There are various cuts that can further accentuate the gleam of ruby stone. A cut that highlights the panache of this stone is demanded more than the regular cut rubies.
Carat– Prices of rubies, just like other gemstones, are dependent on its carat. The higher the weight, the more expensive the stone will be.