Hardness: 9 Mohs

Enhancement Code: Heating

Quality Information:

A: Medium pinkish red; slightly included; good cut; good polish

AA: Medium dark pinkish red; eye clean; good cut; good polish

Care: Rated “excellent” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat and contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Major Sources: Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand

Blood-red. Fire-red. colour that burns along the veins, and gives brightness to the night. If you’re looking for the colour of life itself, look no further than red. And the gemstone that brings red to life can have only one name: Ruby.

The “king of gems,” Ruby is one of the world’s oldest and most revered gemstones. It is also one of the rarest. The mineral Chromium is responsible for the gem’s startling colour. Rubies with hardly any inclusions are so rare that large stones of good colour fetch higher prices at auction than even diamonds. The 23.1 carat Carmen Lucía ruby is one of the greatest treasures of the Smithsonian, although Elizabeth Taylor’s 8.24 carat ring may carry more glamour.

Ruby is the gem for those born in July as well as those born under the sign of Aries. It’s also a stunning option for the celebration of the 40thwedding anniversary.

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