What is Ruby?
Ruby is a red gemstone in the corundum family. Most rubies have an intense red color, although they range in color from blood red to orange, purple, brownish red, and even pink.
Rubies are made of corundum, a crystalline form of aluminum oxide. Ruby’s red color comes from trace amounts of chromium, which replaces the aluminum in the mineral and changes the gemstone’s color. When corundum is red, we call it ruby. When it is any other color such as blue, yellow or pink, we collectively refer to it as sapphire.
Ruby is said to be the rarest of the three major gemstones (ruby, sapphire and emerald). It is the birthstone for July, as well as the 15th and 40th anniversary stones. Rubies, like other gemstones, are exploited worldwide for jewelry. Rubies can be found in the following countries: Australia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia, Namibia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Brazil, Scotland, United States. Ruby has a Mohs hardness of 9, making it a hard gemstone. In fact, they’re only trailing diamonds in hardness (out of 10 on the Mohs scale). Because of its hardness, ruby jewelry is great for everyday wear, and you can wear a ruby ring, pendant, or a pair of ruby earrings without worrying about your jewelry getting scuffed.
History of Ruby
Historically, ruby jewelry was often given as anniversaries and birthday gifts. Ruby jewelry is also a popular gift for 15th to 40th wedding anniversaries. Gifting a pair of ruby earrings or a ruby eternity ring is a great way to show your love and affection to your partner. Over the past decade, rubies have also become a popular stone for engagement rings. Today, more and more people are choosing ruby engagement rings, as well as rings that combine rubies with diamond pavé settings. If you are considering purchasing a ruby to be set in a ring, earrings, pendant, or other style, it is important to be aware of the key factors that affect a ruby’s appearance, beauty, and value as a gemstone. Here’s how to buy the best rubies. The four C’s (colour, clarity, cut and carat weight) are covered, along with other frequently asked questions related to buying rubies.
Are rubies more expensive than diamonds?
While some rubies are very valuable, most rubies are less expensive than diamonds of the same size. Rubies’ lower prices make them an alternative to diamonds in engagement rings or other jewelry. High-end rubies can be much more expensive, and in some cases, can be more expensive or more expensive than diamonds of the same size. For example, the price of a pigeon’s blood ruby from Mozambique exceeds 320,000 yuan, which is similar to the price of a large oval diamond.
Quality Grading of Rubies
Quality Grading of Rubies Like diamonds, rubies are evaluated using certain quality factors. By far the most important things are color and weight. Rubies have a rich and deep natural color that can be altered without heat treatment. The more intense the color. Rubies are more valuable. Other factors, such as clarity and cut quality, also affect a ruby’s value. However, since rubies do not possess fire like diamonds, a ruby’s cut is not a major factor in determining its beauty or value. Finally, as with all gemstones, a ruby’s carat weight affects its value, with larger rubies having a higher value than smaller ones. High-quality rubies that combine rich natural color and other quality factors are extremely rare and often valuable. However, high-quality rubies don’t have to cost a fortune. As we mentioned above, it is quite possible to buy a gorgeous ruby for much less than a diamond of the same carat weight. We describe each of the quality factors listed above in more detail below and provide information on how each affects a ruby’s beauty and value. We also provide tips on how to choose rubies correctly and ensure the best value for money.
Types of rubies
Rubies come from all over the world and are available in a variety of shapes and reds. However, most rubies are divided into certain types depending on the country or region where they are mined.
Common types include:
• Burmese rubies. Rubies from Myanmar are often considered the most popular rubies in the world. Burmese rubies have a deep red color that looks special.
• Thai rubies. Thai rubies are darker in color than Burmese rubies and are often considered second choice. Higher levels of chromium and iron are found in these rubies, which contribute to their unique color.
• African rubies. Rubies from African countries such as Kenya and Mozambique have a deep red or reddish-purple color. Deep red African rubies are popular due to their rich and unique color.
• Pigeon’s blood ruby. Rubies with the color of “pigeon’s blood” are particularly desirable and valuable. These rubies are bright red with a hint of purple. When viewed in light, they appear dark red. Many pigeon’s blood rubies come from Myanmar. Natural pigeon’s blood rubies are very rare and have a high value.
Like diamonds, rubies are cut into various shapes. While round brilliant cuts are the most common shape of diamonds, rubies are often shaped according to the shape of the stone rather than a method that maximizes fire. Therefore, it is more common to see non-round rubies such as oval, pear-shaped, and olive-shaped. Like all gemstones, rubies do not have the “best” shape. You should choose the shape you like the most.
Rubies VS diamonds
Rubies are increasingly becoming an alternative to engagement rings and other jewelry. Differences between rubies and diamonds include:
•Color. The most obvious difference between rubies and diamonds is the color. Although most diamonds are white or colorless, they can also be yellow, pink, champagne, or in some cases even red. Rubies are completely red. However, they vary in hue, saturation, and secondary color range, which means that some rubies may appear pink, brown, purple, or orange.
• Fire. Rubies are not usually favored for their brilliance and do not show fire like diamonds. The main factor that determines the beauty and value of a ruby is its color.
•Hardness. Diamonds are harder than rubies, scoring 10 on the Mohs scale, while rubies score 9. Still, both are hard gemstones that won’t be easily damaged if worn daily.
•Price. As we mentioned earlier, rubies are usually much cheaper than diamonds. However, some rubies with a special natural color may cost similar to diamonds or even more.
• Traditional meaning. Diamonds are often associated with romance and engagement, while rubies are often used as birthstones or anniversaries. However, this is changing as ruby engagement rings become more common.
Ruby VS Sapphire
Both ruby and sapphire are variants of the corundum mineral and have a lot of the same chemical composition. The main difference between ruby and sapphire is trace elements and color. Rubies contain trace amounts of chromium, which gives gemstones their red color. Sapphire may contain several different trace elements that affect its color.
Lab-grown rubies and natural rubies.
Just like diamonds, rubies can be synthesized in the laboratory. For 20 million years, natural rubies have formed under the earth’s crust, while lab-grown rubies have been synthesized in a laboratory artificial environment.
Lab-grown rubies tend to be much cheaper than natural rubies. They are often produced without the defects found in natural rubies. From a chemical point of view, lab-grown rubies are the same minerals as natural minerals and have the same chemical properties as natural stone.
Appearance is subjective, and lab-grown rubies and natural rubies can look beautiful. Ultimately, the best option is the one that best fits your preferences and budget.
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