Welcome to the most concise, yet thorough, guide to rubies ever compiled. In the next fifteen minutes, you can find out enough basics to actually shop for these elegant stones with confidence. For instance, did you know that rubies are simply red sapphires? It's true. Together, sapphires and rubies make the corundum family of gemstones. Don't worry, corundum is just a fancy way of saying aluminum and oxygen. Next to diamonds, rubies are the hardest gemstone in the world. And, although diamonds are usually more valuable, large, exquisite rubies are so rare, that when one over three carats hits the market, it can demand over three times the price of the same size diamond.
The most important ruby value factor. Each ruby is judged for pure red "hue," with consistent "tone," and graded for vividness of "intensity".Read More
There's no such thing as a flawless ruby. Just make sure the inclusions don't block color consistency and cracks don't threaten durability.Read More
Princess cut or end cut: the importance of shape and cut. From traditional styles to spotting possible fakes just from examining the cut.Read More
Don't let carat weight rule your ruby purchase. Set a price range, concentrate on color and clarity, and the carats will take care of themselves.Read More
Rubies are priced by international market standards. Don't be fooled by "bazaar bargains". Virtually all rubies on today's market have been heat-treated. Find out why that's a good thing.Read More