If Rubies were real people, then they would be amongst the leading, top-notch doctors of today. Yes, it’s definitely a fact!! Gems are an effective recommendation for physical wellness. However, before that, an introduction on this enticing jewelry is required.
Clubbed in mineral group Corundum, the red color is due to element chromium, in ruby. Ruby has a natural hardness of 9 Mohs followed by diamond having 10 on scale. This glinting stone has a tremendous trait of light absorption. Centuries ago, earth treasured these highly valued in her womb till they were explored. Stress and pressure with high temperature were also key elements responsible for a multitude of the growth of these marvelous babies.
Talk about passion, none can challenge Ruby. However, crowned as ‘Lord of Gems’, this crimson-hued mineral is a multi-faceted, legendary stone. There are several mythological scripts found related to it. This fiery stone has its name recorded in oldest manuscripts and civilizations all over the world. For instance, Biblical myths introduce this stone as one of the gifts from Jesus Christ to Aaron, the high priest. This stone adorned the breast plate of the priest in all religious processions and ceremonies.
However, Indian records are much older than west’s. Actually, word corundum has been derived from Sanskrit word ‘Kuruvinda’. It is believed that it was a sacred stone to be put into the foundation of a building to bring good luck. Interestingly, such was the power of the gem that it was given the same stature as of a real ruler. In fact, dignitaries were sent to receive this undisputed king to set a meeting with other ruler.
Amazing medical efficiencies are contained by ruby. Only a bit of chrome can create wonders healing several ailments of the human body. In old Indian medical texts, this red stone has therapeutic effects for elderly. Passion of this stone stimulates passion for living, in human spirits. Ruby’s pigeon-blood color is said to be able to detoxify blood, heart and heal wounds in a short duration of time.
Birthstone for July, Ruby birthplaces are largely found in Mogok, Burma. Mogok mines produce finest and rarest of the kings of gemstones. Mogok ruby comes in various hues and colors. Let it be informed that it’s the color on which price of stone is decided. The more fiery and transparent gem, the more expensive it becomes. For example, there are stones ranging within various degrees. These degrees are quite wide and can be simply explained as hotel categories. From luxury accommodation lowering to drive inns or motels, luxury accommodation would reflect best quality ruby.
It is no wonder that real, rare rubies come with flawless shine and transparency. Likewise, fine star rubies come with great deal of a price. This warmth radiating precious colored stone also fancies awe-inspiring inclusions like rutile inside the stone. Therefore, the star like shine comes from the same formation.
Vividly colored gems with certifications come graded by GIA and other respective organizations. The gradations are done on the basis of color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. Theses parameters affect the gemstone’s beauty and value. In color, particularly, ruby’s hue should be red apart from saturation and tone whereas secondary hues count on pink, orange, and purple as normal secondary hues in ruby. Incredibly, hue is criteria for the type of gold to be selected for setting the type of ruby. Purple is preferred the most, since it strengthens the red, increasing its richness.The pigeon-blood hued gem is set in gold most since yellow is already a saturated colored metal. Nevertheless, final setting makes the purplish-red gem to appear red due to saturation of gold.
Varicolored ruby result from different geographical conditions in which stone’s crystalline form grows. Specifically mentioning, differences come within color. However, it’s the cut that affects its light throwing property.
Cut is manmade contribution towards stone’s appearance. Cuts in trend for gemstone ruby enhances in the following ways:
o Increases the reflective power with effective display of color.
o Clarity is improved by eliminating the inclusions in a profitable manner.
o Also affects the carat weight, the either way, retention or sacrifice of weight from rough.
Carat weight explains broadly gem weight that remains after cutting and polishing. In case of ruby, carat weight is a value factor but not a deciding factor. However, as carat weight goes up, price increases sharply, especially in fine species.
Except Burma, this ‘Siamese color stone’ is found in Northern Pakistan in the Hunza Valley, Kashmir, Tadzhikistan, Laos, Nepal, and Afghanistan. In India, Mysore and Orissa has showed rare mining of this stone. African mines, too, cannot boast of the rare ruby gem findings as compared to Burma.
By Nidhi Nangia