Ruby is a precious gemstone known for its vibrant red color. It i a variety of the mineral corundum, with the red color being caused by the presence of the element chromium.
Ruby is one of the traditional cardinal gems, along with diamond, sapphire, and emerald. The name "ruby" is derived from the Latin word "rubeus," which means red. Rubies are highly valued and considered one of the most desirable gemstones due to their color, hardness, and rarity. The intense red hue of rubies is associated with passion, love, and vitality.
Ruby is a durable gemstone, ranking 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This makes it one of the hardest gemstones after diamond. Rubies are commonly used in jewelry, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. They are often faceted to enhance their brilliance and luster.
The most prized rubies come from sources such as Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Mozambique. The quality of a ruby is determined by factors such as color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. The finest rubies exhibit a rich, deep red color known as "pigeon blood" red.
In addition to their use in jewelry, rubies have cultural and historical significance. They have been treasured gemstones for centuries and have been associated with royalty and power in many cultures. Ruby is also the birthstone for the month of July and is used to commemorate 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
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