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The ruby, much like the sapphire, is from the corundum mineral family and its beautiful rouge palette is a result of its chromium content. Rubies are incredibly special as they can have the highest worth of any other coloured gemstone per carat. The ruby gets its name from the Latin “ruber” meaning red. We associate the colour red with all our most intense emotions, from passion to anger. This is very much how the ruby has been represented throughout the ages as a token of wealth, success and love. Some of the most expensive rubies have been sourced from Burma, while Sri Lanka, Thailand, Madagascar and Tanzania are also known for their ruby deposits. In terms of colours, rubies can range from pure red to princess pink and purple hues. And while pigeon-blood red remains the most expensive in terms of price matrix, all forms of this naturally occurring precious gemstone are popular. Rubies are the birthstone for July and used to celebrate 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Capricorns also use the ruby to convey their star sign in the zodiac calendar. To keep your rubies looking luscious, simply soak in soapy water for a few minutes, no need to scrub but give it a gentle wipe to clean.

Countries of Origin: India, Africa, Asia