A Stone that Symbolises Love and Passion

Rubies are one of the most admired gemstones in the world throughout many years and centuries. In Latin “Rubens” means red, in Sanskrit it has a meaning of “King of Gems”  therefore there is no surprise that this stone is so precious and generally of red color. The Ruby is mentioned four times in the Bible and viewed as a very “beautiful and wisdom stone”. In India, it is largely believed that this stone allows enemies to make peace and live in harmony with enemies. Many Medieval Europeans were wearing those stones as a symbol that generates wealth, health, success in love and wisdom to their owners.

RubiesRuby and Diamond Halo Ring

Rubies are of red color, those that are of deep, vivid and pure shade are especially precious and expensive. The most desired ones are so called “pigeon’s blood rubies” are of a very deep red color with the shade of blue.  Those stones that are of pink, orange and purple hue are considered to be rubies in some Asian countries, whereas in the United States they are largely viewed as pink or purple sapphires. It should be noted that both rubies and sapphires are corundum varieties and their differentiation largely depends on the tone, hue, saturation of stones and market culture to where they were imported.

The stones are usually very tough and are registered as a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, only slightly softer than diamonds. Almost all of them are heated to some degree in order to improve clarity and color. Heat does not harm the stone in any way unless heated to very high temperature. It is also expected that rubies have some level of imperfection and it is well tolerated with the exception of inclusions that impact stone’s transparency or brilliance. If that is the case the value of such stones dramatically goes down.

Due to the color and their brilliance, rubies are often associated with the essence of vibrancy of life. They are also very often used as a symbol of love and passion.

jupitergem.com (graduated gemologist, Chantelle Lobo)
jupitergem.com (graduated gemologist, Chantelle Lobo)

graduated gemologist

Growing up in a country like India, bursting with color, culture and creativity, Chantelle's curiosity drew her towards the fascinating world of gemstones and jewelry. Trained with the best at the Gemological Institute of America and the SSEF, Switzerland, her knowledge encompasses advanced methods of gemstone identification, diamond grading and the manufacture and sales as a jewelry professional. Her adventures have taken her to source Spinels on the busy streets in Myanmar to exceptional Sapphires in Srilanka, a selection of gems from Madagascar and even rare Jades in China. With over 7 years of experience in the jewelry industry, her strong foundation in this niche field allows her to make key observations on the value or quality of gemstones and jewelry. She now continues to fuel her deep-rooted interest for these special stones by seeking out precious one-of-a-kind gems around the world. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chantelle-lobo-8a12a962/