Ruby is easily one of the most sought after coloured gems in the world. Its gorgeous, rich crimson red colour simply hypnotizes everyone that lays eyes on it. Finely crafted and designed ruby jewellery emanates a sense of royalty and prestige that no one is a stranger to. But what is it exactly that makes it so exquisite? Is it just its beauty? Or something else? Maybe, its the fact that its features are so intriguing, they can be used to create an entire encyclopaedia about the stone?
Speaking of facts, let’s take a look at some interesting ones that’ll make you fall even harder in love with July’s birthstone:
- Ruby is a part of the majestic quadruplet of precious gemstones that include diamonds, emeralds and sapphires apart from the red stunner. Aah, so that’s why people value it so much?
- Now, we all know that stones get their names from some really fascinating sources. The name “Ruby” originates from the Latin word “rubens“. And “rubens” stands for, you guessed it, red.
- Wondering where that fascinating, unmatched red colour comes from? Its *drumroll* chromium! And it’s not like the stone brims with this component. The bright, highly-saturated colour comes from just trace amounts of chromium present in its natural structure. Talk about the magic of nature.
- Rubies are available in carat weights that go as high as over 10 carats. Premium grade stones have been reportedly sold at prices reaching $225,000 per carat. In addition, such high-quality specimens are much rarer than diamonds. Now you know why they’re costlier than the latter.
- Opaque, blood-red to rose-red coloured varieties are the most looked-for shades of Ruby. But what surpasses the demand of them all is the love for stones exhibiting deep-red hues with perfectly blending undertones of blue. This variety is also known as “pigeon’s blood” with Myanmar being the top supplier. So, that’s why they call its “Burmese Pigeon Blood Ruby”?
- Amongst ancient Indian civilizations, ruby was often touted as the “king of precious stones” or “Ratanraj” in local languages. The reason? Its rarity, durability, beauty and apparent mystical powers. People even considered it to be the provider of power and youth, predicter of the future, healer and of course, the symbol of passion & love. It still enjoys perpetual presence in Indian jewellery. In Burma, warriors wore it to invite invincibility during battle. Similar beliefs were observed by Medieval Europeans.
- Now here’s a fact that all July-borns will cheer for – Ruby is the birthstone of the month of July. It is considered lucky and protective for Cancerians and Leos. It is also considered auspicious for 15th and 40th marriage anniversaries. Wouldn’t it be easier to choose what to gift to some of your loved ones now?
- Sneaky red spinels managed to fool people until early 19th century by posing as rubies. On a serious note, people THOUGHT they were rubies given their bright red to burgundy colour. That’s not all! Historically famous stones like the “Black Prince’s Ruby” and “Timur Ruby” were later discovered to be spinels and not rubies! Thank God we don’t face this confusion now.
- Some of the most celebrated rubies ever mined include the 1,370 carat “Neelanjali Ruby” of India that has been recorded as the world’s biggest ruby-specimen with double star; the 8.24 carat “De Long Star Ruby” housed in a beautiful ring that was once owned by Elizabeth Taylor and the most costly ruby in the world (sold for $6.74 million) – the 32.08 carats weighing “Hope Ruby“.
This striking and sensational looking gem has quite a history behind it, isn’t it? And all of this information makes us want to own one precious solitaire right away. Planning to do the same? Then check out our exclusive Ruby jewellery range where you’ll find spell-binding, premium-quality and designer-made baubles at reasonable prices.