Ruby is, without doubt, one of the most valuable gemstones. There are very few gemstone types that can even compare to the appealing qualities of fine red ruby. Famed for its remarkable brilliance, silky to vitreous luster, as well as its excellent durability and versatility, ruby has historically been considered as one of the most important gemstones of all time. For most of time, all red gemstones were believed to be ruby.
Ruby is composed of corundum, the same material which makes up that of sapphire. The name 'corundum' originates from the ancient Sanskrit word 'kuruvindam'. Ruby is the red gem-quality variety of corundum, while all other colors are referred to as 'sapphire'; both gem types are ranked 9 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness, making them the second hardest natural known substances on earth. Red ruby, along with sapphire, emerald and diamond, is grouped as one of the 'precious four' gems, although the use of the terms precious and semi-precious gems is no longer recognized by most professional gem and jewelry organizations.
Oval shaped rubies are the most popular as well as being the most common cut shape. This is because oval shapes are typically cut to maximize and retain their original carat weight. This makes perfect sense since most gems are bought and sold by price per carat. Fine quality red rubies can be very expensive, especially gemstones with top color, clarity, and cut. Heavily treated rubies, which usually are sourced from Africa, are very affordable gems, especially due to the introduction of fracture-filling treatment, many rubies can be found in large sizes.
From this page, you can use the filters at the top of the page to search for oval ruby gems by size, carat weight, price, origin and more. This will help you to find the perfect rubies for your jewelry project.
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