All About Ruby
A ruby, one of the most common gemstones, is a pink to blood-red colored stone which comes in a number of sizes and vibrancy. The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Ruby gets its name from the word ruber, which is Latin for red. The ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, together with the sapphire, the emerald, and the diamond. Ruby is commonly used in luxury jewelry pieces like vintage ruby rings and necklaces.
Value of a Ruby
Prices and values of most rubies are primarily determined by the over all color and vibrancy of the stone. The most valuable are commonly called blood-red, and are more valuable than the paler colored ruby stones. Clarity is also important when it comes to classifying ruby gemstones. These high quality stones are what is most commonly used in Ruby and Diamond rings and pieces.
Where Rubies are Found
Rubies have historically been mined in Thailand, the Pailin and Samlout District of Cambodia, Burma, India, Afghanistan and in Pakistan. In Sri Lanka, lighter shades of rubies are more commonly found. Good deposits of Ruby have also been found in Tanzania, Madagascar, Vietnam, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Pakistan. A few rubies have been found in the U.S. states of Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wyoming. The receding ice shelf of Greenland has reveled several hidden deposits of ruby under the ice. These deposits are frequently used in fine luxury jewelry pieces!