The Ruby is celebrated in the Bible
and in ancient Sanskrit writings as the most precious
of all gemstones. It has been the prize possession of
emperors and kings throughout the ages.Many people associate
its brilliant crimson colors with passion and love, making
Ruby an ideal choice for an engagement ring. Ruby is the
red variety of the corundum mineral species, while all
other colors of corundum are called Sapphire.
Ruby is mined throughout Southeast Asia. While Thailand and Burma produce the lion's share, Sri Lanka and Africa also produce exquisite examples of this gemstone that the ancient Sinhalese people called "Ratnaraj," the King of Gems. In addition, a new find has been discovered in Madagascar.
This most sought after gemstone is available in a range of red hues, from a purplish and bluish red to orangish red. Ruby is readily available in sizes up to 2 carats. Larger sizes are rare but can be obtained. In its finest quality, any size Ruby can be scarce. In readily available small sizes, Ruby makes an excellent accent gemstone because of its intense, pure red color.