Embodying the Sun with its power and glorious light, the ‘King Of Gems’ or Ratnaraja in Sanskrit was the name given to all intense red gems from electrifying Rubies to Garnets. Today Rubies from the corundum family are a naturally durable gemstone that is colored by chromium and radiates an internal fluorescence once the light hits the gem. Vivid red and seductively attractive, the Ruby is undoubtedly one to catch your attention with its bold color, known to boost both health and relationships.

When understanding the price of a ruby it is important to understand the correlation between the following factors.

Color: An intense even red, with a nice light tone and a vivid fluorescence instantly increases the value of the natural ruby. Color being first treasured when it comes to a gemstone, a bold, romantic, and fiery red makes a valuable, long-term investment.
Clarity: Visibly eye-clean gemstones demand the highest values because of their rarity. Clean natural rubies can reach values of around INR 50,000 a carat. Investing in evenly colored natural rubies with relatively few eye-visible inclusions is advisable.

Carat Weight: With rubies available from tiny pointers all the way up to 10-15 carats, commercial and unique gems differ greatly in terms of prices. A 1-carat unique natural ruby could be priced about five times higher than of a 5-carat commercial, mass-produced treated ruby.
Treatments: Treatments done on any gemstone tends to decrease its value as with these glorious red rubies. Heat treatments, although done to improve the color of the gem, are considered an external modification and lowering the gem’s value. Clarity improvements like glass filling further lower the value of the gems and must be disclosed at the time of purchase.

Mining Locations: Burmese/Myanmar origin rubies make up some of the most valuable gems, followed by African and Madagascar rubies and then Thai gems which make up most of the commercial pieces.

Caring for your natural Ruby is imperative. Gemstones over time tend to attract dirt and grime and need an occasional bath. 

A safe way to clean your Ruby jewelry is:

  • Place gemstone studded jewelry in a bowl of warm soapy water, away from a basin

  • In the bowl scrub the piece lightly with an old, soft-bristled toothbrush

  • In the bowl, rinse with clean water 

  • Wipe dry

Bowl is to catch gemstones that might come out of their setting but can be returned to the jeweler to be reset. 

Do not use any harsh chemicals, light hand soap will work.

Jewelry pieces set with enamel and Kundan work should never be washed or put into an ultrasonic machine.

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    Which Ruby is best for me?

    Red, the color that represents love, will instantly have you falling in love with their vivid hues. Understanding a gemstone and its quality will instantly give you an idea of the gemstone that works in your budget and speaks to you.

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    Can I pair the Ruby with other gemstones?

    Rubies are powerful gemstones like the Sun that it symbolizes. Worn independently or paired with diamonds and other gemstones is usually not a problem. In Vedic astrology, every gemstone combination must be checked with an astrologer to see what works best for you.

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    Which color of Ruby is the best for astrology?

    Color being a sensation that everyone relates to differently, choose a color that appeals to your heart. A natural ruby with a saturated, purplish-red is considered the most valuable and magical.

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    How much should my Ruby weigh?

    Rubies used in astrology are usually 3 carats (5 Ratti's) or more. Based on the wearer, the weight of a Vedic gem is often calculated by an astrologer.

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    How should I know the price I am paying for my Ruby is correct?

    Understanding the factors that affect the price of the gemstone can give you a clearer picture. Origin, size, beauty, and luster all contribute to an expensive gemstone that can be priced anywhere from INR 150,000 - 200,000 per carat. As opposed to a more commercial gem that could weigh much more, priced anywhere between INR 10,000 - 15,000 per carat.

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