6 Facts You Should Know About Rubies

  • Rubies are celebrated in the Bible and in ancient Sanskrit writings as the most precious of all gemstones. For centuries they have been the prized possession of emperors and kings.

  • Due to their striking red colour, rubies often represent strong emotions like love. According to legend, a ruby will bring good fortune on its owner.

  • Ruby is the birthstone for the month of July.

  • Ruby is the red variety of the corundum mineral species, while all other colors of corundum are called sapphire.

  • The best rubies are found in marble, ametamorphic rock. These have rich red color and usually glow bright red under sunlight. Darker rubies are found in igneous rock. 

  • Rubies rate 9.0 on the mohs hardness scale, making them well suited to be worn in jewellery.

July 15, 2014 by Perrine Comeille
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