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January 2023

Feature on the Ruby

Jan 27, 2023

What's in a Name?

The ancient Sanskrit name for ruby 'Ratnaraj', is where the meaning of the King of Gemstones comes from, and it is no surprise why. One of the big four (the others being diamond, emerald and sapphire), rubies are the rarest and arguably the most valuable of this group of important gemstones. A member of the corundum family (as is sapphire), it is the presence of chromium which gives ruby its fabulous red colour. The chromium also accounts for fluorescence which gives rubies a particular fire-like glow, however this also causes cracks and fissures in the stone, so finding high quality large crystals is rare.

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