Red is definitely the most attractive colour to the human eye which is why the powerful colour of Ruby is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of gemstones. Not only is it the birthstone for the month of July, the ruby gemstone is also a symbol of nobility, royalty, love, passion, fire and power.
Rubies are one of the most expensive and valuable gemstones in the coloured stone market. Being part of the corundum family along with Sapphires, they are one of the second hardest gemstones in the world after diamonds. This makes them very versatile and suitable for daily wear.
Ruby stones come in a variety of shapes including round, cushion, oval, and pear. We recommend picking a shape you like that suits the purpose. Rubies are commonly made into fashion rings, Ruby earrings, Ruby bracelets, Ruby necklaces as well as Ruby rings for men. They are rated 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness which are durable for engagement rings or daily wear jewellery.
Rubies got their name from the Latin word "Ruber", which means "Red". From this, you might think Rubies are only available in a red colour but they actually come in a range of colours - purplish red, red, orangy red and pinkish red.
The ruby price is determined by the gemstone’s origin and colour. A vivid red with medium to medium-dark tone is considered the finest quality and is known as Pigeon Blood Ruby. Burma Ruby is the best source for this bright, vibrant red colour, followed by Mozambique. Madagascar rubies have a pinkish hue while Rubies from Thailand tend to be slightly darker with a purplish hue.
Many people get confused with the difference between Rubies and Pink Sapphires. Both belong to the same corundum family and the difference between them is the saturation of colour. Rubies have at least a slight hint of red, while Pink Sapphire remains pink. The economic value of rubies tend to be higher than Pink Sapphire because they are rarer and traditionally, more coveted.
Explore more gemstones from our Asia’s Biggest Virtual Gemstone Inventory! All gemstones come with an International Colored Gemstone Laboratory (ICL) Certificate to determine the color intensity, clarity, and origin of a gemstone. The gemological laboratory operates under strict rules and adheres to the highest standards of gemological grading.