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Where do Rubies come from?
The source of the world's finest rubies is Burma, or present-day Myanmar, historically, rubies have been mined in Thailand, in the Pailin and Samlout District of Cambodia, as well as in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, India, Namibia, Japan, and Scotland; after the Second World War ruby deposits were found in Madagascar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
Are rubies rare?
All rubies are rare, but those from Myanmar (formerly Burma) set the standard for quality and color. They are also exceptionally scarce. While rubies from Thailand contain relatively high iron content which can result in overly dark reds with brownish or purplish overtones, the geological conditions in Myanmar generally produce rubies with very little trace iron. As a result, these gems often achieve more vivid reds
Best colour Rubies?
Color is the most significant factor affecting a ruby’s value. The finest ruby has a pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red color. In most markets, pure red colors command the highest prices and ruby with overtones of orange and purple are less valued. The color must be neither too dark nor too light to be considered finest quality.
Clarity of Rubies?
People in the trade expect rubies to have at least some inclusions because inclusion-free rubies are practically nonexistent. Ruby value can depend on how visible the inclusions are. Obvious inclusions, or inclusions that reduce transparency or brightness, lower a ruby’s value dramatically.
Ruby is a durable gemstone with a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Ruby gemstones are cut into round, pear, oval, cushion, emerald-cut and other shapes. Rubies may also be carved or cut as cabochons or beads.
Rubies can cost anywhere between $100 up to as much as $15,000/carat, depending on the color, clarity, origin and size.
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