RUBIES are considered the King of Gems!
HISTORY OF THE RUBY
The name ruby comes from ruber, Latin for red. It is good to know that rubies have a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Diamond is a 10.0 Mohs.
Rubies are found all over the world. Let’s look at the largest ruby in the world today. This Burmese ruby you see in the picture (below) called the ‘Sunrise Ruby’ weighs 25.59 carats. It was sold last year at the Sotheby’s auction house in Geneva, Switzerland. The ring was valued at 12 million. But, was sold for $30.3 million at the auction (Tuesday, May 12,2015).
The most prized Rubies were traditionally found in Burma next to India. Now, they are mined in many regions. Recently, Greenland has discovered ruby deposits. Each ruby has a different shade of red, depending on the mining region. For example, in Macedonia, rubies are a raspberry colour. Macedonia is the only country in Europe to have naturally occurring rubies. The ruby is also included on the Macedonian Coat of Arms.
In the 19th century, some flawed rubies were treated with heat to heal the fractures (cracks) in the gemstone. Heating process eradicates impurities. Later, filling the fractures inside the ruby with lead glass is used to improve the transparency of the ruby. On the down side, heating a ruby will bring the price down.
The Ruby colours ranges from pink to a brilliant red!
However, a really perfect ruby is as rare as perfect love. If you do come across it, it will cost a small fortune. But when you have found ‘your’ ruby, don’t hesitate: hang on to it!
Ruby is a popular name for songs. The Rolling Stones did “Ruby Tuesday”. Here’s anther Ruby. Remember Dion from Belmont Street in the Bronx? “Ruby Baby”! The DRIFTERS sang ”RUBY BABY” in 1956. But, Dion put it on the charts with his up-beat version. Let’s wind the clock back to 1962 and listen to the classic sounds of Dion and the Belmonts.
At Lorne Park Jewellers, our quality gem stones have all been professionally graded. LPJ has an onsite Certified Gemologist (Vanig). Your diamond or any stone is of the highest quality at Lorne Park Jewellers.
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