Ruby is great everyday gemstone to wear

July 11, 2016

A lot of people have asked Antony’s Jewelers experts about the best color of rubies. The best rubies are a medium to dark red with great clarity. Don’t get caught up in whether it is called “pigeon blood red” or “Burmese” ruby. If you like the red color, it has good clarity, and you can afford it, buy it!


The name ruby comes from the Latin word “ruber” which means red. In the ancient language of Sanskrit it is called “ratharaj” which is means the King of Gems. As you may suspect, this gem has a lot of folklore befitting a stone of such important stature. It is found in the most crown jewel collections. Many ancient people believed that a stone the color of blood could make you invulnerable to wounds. Some even went so far as to imbed the rubies inside their bodies for protection of battle. With the way people are piercing their bodies and painting themselves with tattoos these days, maybe putting a ruby in your body doesn’t sound that ridiculous to you.


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In present day, many people consider ruby to be a quintessential color of passion and romance. This theory may not be so farfetched. Many experts have concluded that the color red is stimulating while the color blue is calming. Ever notice how some restaurants have red tablecloths? It wasn’t necessarily because those tablecloths were on sale. It stimulates the appetite.

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The rubies from Myanmar (Burma) still have the pedigree, but most of the excitement as of this writing seems to be coming from Kenya and Madagascar. That being said, this is a gemstone that is becoming more and more difficult to locate a good color. If new sources are not found soon, the top of quality rubies will continue to escalate in price.

Rubies and sapphires are both members of corundum family of gemstones. In fact, the only difference between the two is color.

Ruby is great everyday gemstone to wear.  With a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale and toughness rated excellent, it is one of the most durable gemstones of the Planet.


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