Ruby - The July Birthstone

Posted on July 6th, 2022 04:01 PM

Ruby, also popularly termed as Manik Ratna in Hindi, is a highly popular astrological crystal that arises in beautiful colors of pink and red. The brilliant red hues of ruby represent the essence and vibrancy of vitality. Since these red gems are known for their remarkable aesthetic appeal and amazing healing properties, they act as an ideal gift for couples celebrating their 15th or 40th wedding anniversary. Ruby is the one stone that perfectly embodies the passion for love and life wholly. Furthermore, the ruby is the prestigious birthstone for people born in the month of July. Check out some of the interesting facts about this supernatural crystal in detail. 



Colors of Ruby Gemstone

Rubies are said to derive their name from the Latin word ‘Rubens’ meaning red. It comes in a variety of red hues which is a result of the chromium mineral traces. Ruby ranges from light pink to pinkish-red and darkish red to rich pigeon blood red color. Due to the rare shade, Pigeon blood rubies are the most sought-after color variety of ruby gems and are prized highest in the international gem market. Rubies that carry a prosperous rich red color with a tint of blue undertone are also highly desired by lapidaries. 

Chemical & Physical Properties of Rubies 

  • Rubies are considered extremely potent crystals. On the Mohs scale of hardness, they register at 9 and hence make a perfect choice for everyday jewelry pieces. 

  • Rubies are among the most valuable varieties of corundum mineral clan that also comprises sapphires of different shades. They are slightly softer than diamonds and are as resilient as sapphire stones. Corundum is typically a colorless substance or broadly a package of densely packed aluminum and oxygen atoms. 

  • Ruby is a form of chromium in the aluminum oxide that carries the chemical formula of Al2O3:Cr and a specific gravity between 3.97–4.05. The diaphaneity of ruby is usually transparent to translucent with a refractive index of approx. 1.768–1.772. 

Origin of Ruby Gemstone

Rubies are found in several places around the world, including Asia, Africa, Australia, and the USA. Asia are Africa are the largest sources of this precious stone. The majority of rubies arise from Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand, and other locations of Asia such as India, Pakistan, and Nepal. The legendary Mogok Valley of Burma is the origin of the majority of the world’s finest rubies. 

           Rubies are also discovered along the stretch borders of the mountain range of the Himalayas. While Mozambique and Madagascar are the main origins of premium quality ruby stones in Africa whereas Macedonia and Montana in the United States. Original Burmese rubies are quite rare to find in the market and hence fetch an extremely high price in the industry. In the entire gem market, they hold the title of the finest rubies. 

Best-Quality Ruby

Most natural rubies have flaws and imperfections in form of inclusions and fractures. Henceforth a large number of rubies in the market are heat treated to enhance their color. Eternally flawless rubies are exceptionally rare and have an excessively high monetary value on the ground, sometimes, even higher than diamonds of the same weight and quality. 

                  Natural Pigeon blood-colored Burmese rubies with no flaws and no heat treatments are the term set to describe the finest quality rubies and gem lovers cheerily pay an exorbitant value for them. 

The Most Precious Rubies

  • A ring carrying a 25.59-carat ruby set new records of price with a valuation of over  $30 million. It was sold for $1,266,901 per carat, on May 12, 2015. 
  • Another Jubilee Ruby, weighing 15.99 carats, was sold for $14.2 million at an auction in the United States. It amounted to approximately $885,000 with its price per carat. 
  • A ring, made by Van Cleef & Arpels, centrally studded with a ruby stone of 8.24-carats was sold for $4.2 million in 2011. It was thought to belong to Elizabeth Taylor and was valued at around $500,000 per carat in the auction. 

Few Interesting Facts About The King of Gemstone

Ruby is termed as Ratnaraj, in the Sanskrit language, which means the king of gemstones

The world's largest-sized ruby weighs 40,920 carats and is owned by a Chinese jewelry company. 

Before the beginning of the 19th century, the red-colored spinel gems were also assumed to be rubies.

Ruby is a key member of the precious gemstone clan that constitutes emerald, sapphire, and diamond.

‘Edwardes Ruby’, ‘Timur Ruby’, ‘De Long Star Ruby’, ‘Black Prince's Ruby’, and ‘Rosser Reeves Star Ruby’ are some of the very famous rubies of history.

The formation of this July Birthstone has dated back to over 50 million years ago. It is formed under the deep earth's crust with immense pressure and the presence of certain minerals. 

Buy Certified Ruby Online

Since Original Burmese Rubies are extremely rare and precious, there are endless imitated ruby stones also sold in the market in name of real ones. Therefore, if you are intended to buy real Burma Manik, make sure to rely upon an authentic gemstone store that provides you with an authenticity certificate alongside the stone. 

           You can also connect to Navratan, the online gem Bazar for the widest assortment of Certified Burmese Rubies Online of at the best price range. Gemstones here are certified by renowned gem labs such as GRS, GIA, Gubelin, and SSEF. Visit now.!

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