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.

Color: Deep pink to purplish red.
Finger: Worn on the ring finger of the dominant hand, with the gemstone touching the body.
Neck: Worn as a pendant with the gemstone touching the body.
Metal: Yellow gold with its warm tones makes a great combination with the powerful notes of the natural ruby.
Zodiac Sign: Leo (Western and Vedic)

Ranging from deep pinks to intense reds, the natural ruby was once thought to protect against illnesses and worn as talismans. Today these powerful sun representatives bring with them a fiery romance, powerful energies, and bold courage that is hard to look away from.

Birthstone for the month of July, these rare reds work in magical ways keeping its wearer out of harm's way.

  • The most important gemstone in the 9 selected to represent the planets (9 grahas), Ruby is the central gemstone associated with the sun. Bold and functional, here are some of the benefits this gemstone offers its wearer. 

    • Facilitating love and passion

    • Growing and incredible success in the work front 

    • Rejuvenated and wholesome health.

Quality is essential when choosing a natural ruby because of its value and the power the gem exudes. Rarer than its cousin the natural blue sapphire, a ruby requires very specific conditions with the presence of Chromium for a gem to form. Certification that supports a ruby often adds value to the gem as it provides an insight into the history and origins of the piece. At Navratan, each gemstone comes with a free third-party certificate giving a clearer understanding of the gemstone.

Color: Different origins offering differences in color intensities. Natural rubies with the most desirable color have a pure red or slightly purplish red color with vivid saturation. More commercial or mass-produced pieces come with heat-treated colors often with orangey to purplish, brownish reds.
Clarity: Natural gems come with internal features, they are compared to the fingerprint of an individual, unique and separating each from the other. These features offer the gemologist enough scope to determine the origins of the gem. From crystals, silk, and liquid inclusions, when cut and faceted with foresight, inclusions can lend to the beauty and brightness of the gemstone. Gems with an eye clean appearance demand the highest values.

Cut: Cut is essential as it can make or break the color of the natural ruby. Pleochroic in nature, (rubies are purplish-red in one direction and orangey-red in another) cutters must carefully fashion the gemstone to maximize an even color giving a rich, regular red hue.
Treatments: Being one of the most expensive gems known to man, the Ruby is often treated and can go unnoticed. It is important to understand the gemstone you are investing in and ask the correct questions about the history of the gem contributing to a fair price. Natural, unheated gems tend to demand top values, whereas heat treatments, although accepted by the industry, must be disclosed along with clarity enhancements like glass filling and diffusion that in turn lower the price of the gemstone.

The location a gemstone is mined from plays a big role in determining the color of the ruby. Marble deposits in Myanmar reveal some of the best, most desirable rubies that sport a vivid fluorescent red color. Thai rubies make up a big portion of the gemstones on the market today, tend to be darker, and are mined from a basalt rock contributing to their darker tones. Mozambique and other African rubies come with a nice even color-forming in amphibolites that lend less internal cracks and fissures.


Natural rubies also have Iron present within which reduces the desirable red fluorescence seen in the gemstone by making it appear darker.

Natural rubies have a passionate red that undoubtedly makes a bold statement. Once set in jewelry these resilient gemstones are an ideal fit with a lustrous appearance. Their strong nature at 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness keeps the gemstone free from daily wear and tear.

Natural rubies are priced based on their quality and to no surprise because these rare reds can go up to $100,000 a carat. Take for instance “The Graff Ruby”, weighing 8.62 carats, with an exceptionally clean appearance, this Burmese ruby has no evidence of treatment and sold at the auctions for $421,981(INR 32,200,000) a carat.


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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