Ruby Pendants

Rubies are pink to red precious gemstones, a variety of a mineral called corundum, or aluminum oxide. Corundum can be found in a wide range of colors – if it is red, the stone is a ruby, if it is blue or pink, then it is a sapphire. However, there is a slight confusion whether a pink sapphire is simply a lighter colored ruby. Along with the sapphire, the emerald and the diamond, ruby is considered as one of the four precious stones found on Earth.

From a physical point of view, rubies are structurally sound – on the Mohs mineral scale of hardness, the ruby ranks 9, just below the diamond, which has a rating of 10. Such durability makes rubies an excellent gemstone for jewelry, as it is more resilient to potential damage from daily wear.

Rubies are naturally found in a wide array of red shades, from pink to dark red. The highest valued rubies come in a shade of deep red, sometimes referred to as “pigeon’s blood.” Such stones usually cost exponentially more than other, lighter variations, which can also look appealing, but are more affordable.

Just as with diamonds, another important factor when evaluating a ruby, besides its color, is the clarity. Although imperfections can be found in all natural rubies, under the form of needle-like inclusions of other minerals or color impurities, it is preferred that they are not easily visible and as delicate as possible. However, you should keep in mind that, if a ruby has absolutely no such imperfections, there is a good chance it is synthetic or a substitute. Even though the rough stone is most likely heat-treated before cutting to improve its appearance and mask these imperfections, there are certain rare rubies that present an excellent quality without being treated. Such rubies will certainly have their price increase exponentially. To get a quick vision of how such evaluation methods translate into practice, look no further than an eight-carat flawless ruby that was sold in 2006 for almost four million USD.

Obviously, such rubies are extremely rare and not suitable for jewelry use. For regular people, who are not interested in collecting unique gemstones, but rather wear a ruby on a piece of jewelry, a medium quality stone can make an excellent jewelry item, at an affordable price. For example, wholesale two-carat loose rubies of decent clarity (medium quality) usually run below the $1000 mark. In addition, when it comes to jewelry, a smaller, but clearer ruby is desired instead of a larger, but flawed one.

Now that some basic info has been presented about the ruby, it is only natural to outline some quick ways this wonderful, red stone is used in jewelry.

First of all, keep in mind that you should always choose a ruby jewelry with a white or yellow gold setting only. The bright tones of such metals will greatly contrast with the warm, deep color of the red gemstone, further emphasizing its beauty. Avoid shades of gold that are close to red, as they will contend for the color intensity of the jewelry item and dull the overall appearance of the piece.

Second, you should know that rubies could be set on a wide variety of jewelry, from tie clips or broaches to rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Smaller rubies are mixed in with other gemstones, or otherwise emphasized by encompassing them in a contrasting design of precious or semi-precious metals.

As of late, it could be observed that ruby has been increasingly used as the gemstone of choice for adorning pendants, in detriment of diamonds. Such preference shift is most likely due to the exotic character of the ruby, conferred by its rich, deep red hue, as opposed to the rather sober, austere appearance of the diamond.

When considering a ruby for your next pendant, keep in mind that most rubies today are treated to improve their appearance and further deepen their color towards the darker hues of red. However, this does not make the stone a fake ruby – rather, the imperfections are subtly masked by applying a heat treatment. In addition, it so happens that sometimes, flaws under the form of inclusions can actually add to the value of the stone. If an inclusion is perfectly centered, takes the shape of a star that has exactly six rays that touch the edges of the stone, then the ruby will better reflect light and in turn, have a more dazzling appearance.

As final thoughts, it should be noted that rubies are a great option to keep in mind when searching for your next pendant. The deep red tones of the ruby make it a powerful symbol for passion and love, and an excellent choice for extrovert, active people who live their lives with high intensity and desire.

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