Ruby is named because of its red colour, derived from the Latin word ruber and is the birthstone for July, as well as the gemstone for 40th wedding anniversaries. It wasn’t until about the 1800’s that ruby, as well as sapphire, was recognized as belonging to the corundum family of gemstones. Before that time, red spinel and red garnet were also designated as ruby.
Ruby is available in deep to lighter vibrant red and is a hard gemstone (Mohs hardness scale – 9). Fine quality ruby is becoming increasingly rare especially in larger stones over 1ct. Currently it is mined in Mozambique, Burma, Madagascar, and very limited quantities in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam.
Can I wear it every day? Absolutely, being part of the corundum family (Sapphire), only moissanite and diamond are harder. It can be used for engagement rings and all other types of custom jewellery design styles.
Is Ruby a birthstone? Yes, it is the birthstone for July.
Is Ruby expensive? There are many natural Ruby pretenders as well as manmade synthetic Rubies, artificially enhanced Rubies and purple or violet red Sapphires that are sold as Ruby. Remember, Ruby is red. Natural red rubies of a rich deep vibrant red colour are the most expensive. In sizes 1ct and over they are extremely rare and getting more expensive and collectable all the time.
What colours does Ruby come in? The most desirable and rare colour is pure deep red, although there are variations in the hue or tone of red depending on the rubies origin.
There are many alternative gemstone choices that have similar colour & visual characteristics to Ruby. If you’d like to learn more about your best options or arrange a personal gemstone viewing in our Parramatta studio, please call us on (02) 9689 3396 or contact us here.