Ruby


Ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum. This pink to blood-red coloured
gemstone is the most valuable stone from the corundum varieties.

Natural ruby

Hardness

It is the second hardest natural gem with the score 9.0 out of 10 on the Mohs
scale of mineral hardness. The only harder natural gem is diamond.

Ruby

Colour

Colour is the most important factor of quality.
When the colour is orangy or more purplish, the quality of stone is lower.
On the other hand when the stone has vivid colour saturation
it is considered as the highest quality ruby.

Colours of rubies

Clarity

Inclusion-free rubies are very rare. Usually, rubies have at least
some inclusions. When the stone has eye-visible inclusions and they affect
brilliance or transparency, price goes down dramatically.

Ring with diamonds and ruby

Symbolism

Symbolism of rubies is connected mainly with their colour – colour of blood.
Rubies are very popular as an engagement rings beceause their color symbolises love
and passion. Ruby stone is the tradinional birthstone for July.