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With its deep, rich red color, the ruby seems to bring feelings of romance, love and passion to life. Throughout history, the ruby has been one of the most prized gemstones, even preferred over diamonds. The ruby is mentioned in the bible several times, and in ancient Sanskrit writings, it is praised as the "king of precious gemstones." The glowing red stone has also been the gem of choice for royalty throughout the ages, receiving a place of honor in royal crowns, insignias and jewels.
The ruby's shades range from a pinkish red to orangey red to purplish red, with red always being the dominant color. The ruby is believed to open one's heart as well as heal emotional and spiritual wounds. Today, rubies are used to create distinctive jewelry including ruby rings, necklaces, bracelets and ruby earrings.
There is no mistaking the vibrant red glow of a ruby. Visit the Ross-Simons web site to see the gemstone's fiery display in rings, necklaces, ruby bracelets and earrings. Our ruby jewelry selection changes often, including one-of-a-kind Estate treasures, so check back often.
Once believed to be fueled by an internal fire, the ruby glows with beauty for all to see. Our jewelry buyers search for rubies with stunning vibrancy, in all shades of red. Rubies add a passionate punch to our bracelets, ruby necklaces, rings and earrings.
Ruby deposits are located in Burma (now known as Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Kenya, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
The ruby, like its sister stone sapphire, is part of the corundum family and is one of the hardest gemstones (9 on the Mohs scale), second only to a diamond. Rubies are formed by intense heat and pressure within clay-rich limestone and their color is due to the presence of chromium. Almost all rubies today undergo a heat treatment to bring out their rich color and radiance, and this process does not harm the stone's value or durability. Also, select rubies, as is trade custom, may be filled to improve their appearance and clarity.
Protect your ruby necklaces, bracelets, ruby rings and earrings in your Ross-Simons presentation box when not in use. Avoid contact with acidic or chemical substances, such as vinegar or cleaning solutions. Refrain from polishing, abrasion, or ultrasonic cleaning, and rather clean with a soft, damp cloth. Store in a temperature regulated area to protect from heat damage.