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The History and Origin of Rubies

As red as a ruby is one of the most quoted phrases in the English language, a testimony to the attractiveness of the ruby and its bright red colour. Rubies are one of the most precious gemstones in the world, with the others being Diamonds, Emeralds and Sapphires. Pink to blood red in colour, due to the presence of chromium, rubies get their name from the word “Ruber” which means Red in Latin.

Is ruby gemstone price in India As expensive as other gemstones the ruby gemstone price in India is sometimes more than the cost of a diamond of the same size and carats due to its exclusivity and colour which is the primary factor for deciding their price.

The brightest and deep red rubies also called blood-red or pigeon blood rubies, as their colour is similar to the colour of a pigeon’s blood. They are more expensive than other rubies of similar size and carats. The red aura and glow of rubies makes them appear bigger in size though their average size is less than other gemstone’s.

The main source of rubies for many centuries was the Mogok Valley in Upper Myanmar (previously known as Burma). The pigeons blood coloured rubies were found throughout the region, and were mined extensively till some years back. Now rubies are mined in Thailand, the Pailin and Samlout District of Cambodia, Burma, India, Afghanistan, Australia, Namibia, Colombia and Japan. In India they are found in South India, especially Karnataka.

Rubies are believed to have many physical and spiritual benefits that’s why they are the favored gems of royalty the world over. Indians even refer to the ruby as the “Ratnanayaka”, the Lord of gemstones. Ancient texts, the Bible and other historical writings refer to ruby as a precious gem, indicating their existence and importance even in the earlier centuries. Due to their red colour and fiery brightness they are considered a source of energy which helps the wearer overcome exhaustion while at the same time keeping hyperactivity in control. They are also known for helping detoxify the body and blood and treat fevers, diseases, and restricted blood flow in the heart and circulatory system. Rubies were also worn by ancient soldiers as a protective charm and believed its powers would heal them faster from injuries incurred in battle. Rubies are also known as a symbol of love, for they encourage love and passion, which is the reason they are often used in jewelery like rings and chains etc, which are worn close to the body.

Some of the famous ruby stones are the “Edwardes Ruby”, which is displayed at the British Museum of Natural History in London. Weighing around 167 carats, it is one of the main attractions of the museum. Another ruby the “Rosser Reeves Star Ruby”, weighing 138.7 carats is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Some other famous large rubies, are the “Black Prince’s Ruby” and the “Timur Ruby” in the British Crown Jewels, while the most expensive ruby in the world is the Sunrise Ruby valued at over USD 30 million.

While rubies are used extensively to beautify jewellery in the form of rings, necklaces and bracelets, they are also used nowadays as tiny bearings in expensive wristwatches, precision components etc. Since rubies have the ability to concentrate light to a very high intensity, they are also used in laser machines to produce highly accurate and strong lasers beams that can be used for cutting through different surfaces, measuring long distances etc.

If you are fascinated by this rare gemstone that can help you physically, mentally and in love you can always buy it from a jeweler you trust or look for the best ruby gemstone price in India online and order it online. The writer of this article suggests Charmes as an authentic place to guy rubies and other gemstones.

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