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in ancient india, 'manek' or ruby was considered to be "ratna-raj" or literally 'the king of all precious gems' and their mining and polishing can be traced back as long as 3000 years. found in abundance in sri lanka, africa and other south east asia, some of the finest rubies are still found in burma.

rubies have corundum as their base mineral, the same as sapphire. thus, only the red coloured sapphire is known as ruby. their hardness is just below that of diamonds making rubies one of the toughest gemstones, and with no cleavage, there is almost no breakage making the ruby perfect for all kinds of jewelry.

inclusions, both visible and microscopic, are a normal characteristic of rubies. their existence provides traces to the rubies' origin and can be used to separate natural from synthetic/heat treated gems. inclusions do not affect the value of the stone as long as the brilliance of the gemstone is maintained. intensity and uniformity of the red color are the other factors used to determine the price of rubies. uniform intense deep red colour with naked eye clarity and high lusture rubies are the most sought after.

it is easier to find a 100 carat flawless colourless diamond than to find a 10 carat uniform intense red clear ruby.


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