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FEATURED GEM Ruby

Ruby is the most valuable variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes sapphire.

Traces of chromium give this red variety of the mineral corundum its rich color. Long valued by humans of many cultures. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby was called ratnaraj, or "king of precious stones."

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ruby
overview
The ruby consists of corundum with trace amounts of chromium that gives this gemstone its rich, red color. It currently commands the highest price per carat of any of the colored gems. Corundum is colorless in and of itself. It actually is the base for both rubies and sapphires and the difference is the trace elements that are present when it crystallizes. The ruby is probably the most sought after gemstone after diamonds and pearls. They pair well with any precious metal that you may prefer and add a truly rich look when worn.
Ruby Earring
Ruby Ring
 
Peridot Bracelet
ratnaraj

In Sanskrit, ruby is ratnaraj, meaning the king of gems.

 
$3.3 million

On May 29, 2012, a 6.02-carat ruby ring sold for $551,000 per carat, setting a new record at auction for a colored gemstone.

 
pigeon blood

On May 29, 2012, a 6.02-carat ruby ring sold for $551,000 per carat, setting a new record at auction for a colored gemstone.

QUALITY FACTORS
color
Color Diamond

Color is the most significant factor affecting a ruby's value: Fine gems are a pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red.

clarity
Clarity Diamond

If a ruby's inclusions affect its transparency or brilliance they reduce the gem's value significantly.

cut
Cut Diamond

Rubies are commonly fashioned as mixed cuts, which have brilliant-cut crowns and step-cut pavilions.

carat weight
Carat Weight Diamond

Fine-quality rubies over one carat are very rare and price goes up significantly as size increases.

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