Ruby, the “King of Gems”, is the world’s most valued gemstone. Highly revered in many cultures, Rubies have long been regarded as a talisman of passion, protection and prosperity. In 1968, Richard Burton gave a “perfect red” 8.24 carat Ruby to Elzabeth Taylor as a symbol of his love and passion for her. In 2014, a 8.62 carat gem Burmese Ruby sold for $997,727 per carat at the Sothby’s Geneva auction.
Rubies are a variety of the mineral corundum. Their red color is due to the presence of the element chromium in the mineral. This vibrant red gem is the
Renowned rubies come from Burma (Mogok). Other sources are Thailand, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kenya, and Malawi. The most desirable shade of ruby is a pure, rich red, often referred to as “pigeon’s blood”. Their value is measured in terms of color, clarity, size, enhancement, and many other physical properties.