Beginners Guide To Ruby

By Julian Chase

Ruby is one of the most captivating and rarest gemstones on earth. Like its multicolored twin sapphire, ruby is the gem quality variety of the mineral corundum. That stunning red coloration is caused mainly by the presence of chromium. All other colors of corundum are referred to as sapphire. Only ruby receives a special distinction because of color.

Ruby gemstone

In addition to its magnificent color and rarity, ruby is also highly sought after due to its hardness. Ruby rates a 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This hardness makes ruby a very wearable gemstone, and one that will last a lifetime.

The most desirable color of ruby is described as “Pigeons Blood Red”. This color is typically ascribed to the finest rubies of Burmese origin (Now known as Myanmar). Large untreated stones of this caliber can command prices in the millions at auction. While Pigeons Blood is considered the most desirable, ruby comes in a range of breathtaking colors and hues to satisfy just about any taste or budget.

Ruby has long been associated with love and vitality. Something about the color has always ignited mankind’s passion. At Pearlman’s Jewelers we have a passion for all things that are beautiful, and ruby certainly fits that description. Whether it is the focal point of a necklace or ring, or whether it is used to compliment another gemstone or a diamond, ruby never fails to draw the eye and the admiration of the most discerning jewelry lovers.

Like sapphire, ruby is often heated to enhance color. There are also many new treatments being used that, while they may enhance the beauty of a stone at casual inspection, ultimately devalue the stone.

As with any precious gemstone, buying ruby will require some education and some caution on the part of the buyer. Most importantly, buy from a trusted vendor. A well-established retailer with an AGTA membership and lots of positive customer feedback is a must. In addition, an on staff Gemological Institute of America (GIA) gemologist is an extremely helpful resource to help you with any questions that may arise. Gemological Lab Certificates such as those provided by AGL and GIA are also a valuable tool that will provide confidence and assurance during the purchase process. At Pearlman’s you can find all of these things, as well as one of the largest precious gemstone databases in the world! You can select a gemstone at your leisure, make inquiries, and purchase with confidence, all from the comfort of your home.

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