Health, wealth, wisdom, and love – a fine ruby glows as intensely as a burning ember possessing all the magical power of perpetual fire. Our deepest desires can be found in the facets and reflections of these life inspiring stones. The protective and healing powers of the king of gemstones has been recorded throughout history – from early man grinding ruby into a liquid paste for the skin, to early medical findings in India where rubies were thought to cure digestive disorders. Warriors in Burma were known to insert rubies under their skin so that they would not be wounded in battle.
Shading is the most significant factor influencing the ruby’s worth. Ruby shades go from orangey red to purplish red. The most important ruby hues are red to marginally purplish red with medium to medium-dull tone and striking immersion in as much as the dimness of the stone positively affects the brightness. Orangey or increasingly purplish rubies are less important. Huge rubies are more uncommon and significant than practically identical jewels.
DURABILITY, TREATMENT AND CARE
Rubies can scratch nearly anything, and no characteristic gemstone other than precious stone can scratch them. Indeed, non-jewel quality corundum is frequently used to cut and clean other shaded stones. Most regular rubies are heat treated to improve their shading.