One of the most impressive gemstones in the world is the Ruby. The Ruby comes from the mineral Corundum. There are two major gems that come from this mineral and they include the Sapphire and Ruby. It wasn’t known until the early 1800’s that both the Ruby and Sapphire were both the same mineral.
Rubies have the honorable distinction of being the red colored gemstone from the mineral Corundum. Rubies come in two major hues reddish pink and Ruby red. Rubies can include the most beautiful intense and deep reds of any gemstone and because of this trait; the Ruby was possessed by many kings and queens from the beginning of civilization.
It should be noted that Rubies are a great gemstone for ornamental jewelry and they are extremely hard due to the mineral Corundum which the Ruby is made of, only the diamond is harder than the Ruby. Rubies can be cut into a multitude of shapes and can be set in almost any type of jewelry piece such as rings, bracelets, earrings, charms and brooches. However, for top quality rubies, they are usually set in beautiful gold or platinum rings.
A beautiful red ruby usually comes in sizes of less than 3 carats. While a few stones are bigger, they are usually not as good in color quality. Large Ruby stones that are excellent quality, can easily rival diamonds in price.
Synthetic Rubies are also available and they are an option for those that are looking for a more affordable gemstone. Usually synthetic Rubies look very convincing and besides coming in red, they can come in other types of Corundum gemstones such as Sapphires.