DeLong Star Ruby

This cabochon cut ruby with a vivid purplish red hue at 100.32 carats is one of the largest rubies in the world, and probably the second largest star ruby. The ruby is believed to come from the Mogok mines in Burma (Myanmar). The ruby was Read More …

Your Friday the 13th List Things to Do This Weekend

Everywhere there’s music from punk, pop, 80’s and more all over town. Sip from more than 100 local and international beers, support local musicians The Suffers, compete in a game of Friday the 13th trivia, gear up for a full day of drag racing, and more. Check Read More …

The Carmen Lúcia Ruby: A Love Story

Since 2004, visitors to the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., have marveled at the Carmen Lúcia Ruby, one of the world’s largest and finest examples of July’s official birthstone. At 23.10 carats, the extraordinarily Read More …

The Alan Caplan Ruby

“Alan Caplan Ruby” also known as the “Mogok Ruby” gets its name from Alan Caplan the famous geologist and mineralogist and also mineral and gemstone dealer who acquired the stone while on a trip to Burma in the 1960s or 1970s. The ruby remained in Read More …

The 138-Carat ‘Good Luck’ Ruby

Back in the late 1950s, TV advertising pioneer Rosser Reeves purchased an unmounted star ruby and carried it in his pocket for good luck. This was no ordinary ruby. With its rich red color and well-defined star, the 138.72-carat ruby was said to be the Read More …

The Graff Ruby

London luxury jeweler Laurence Graff has paid a record 8.2 million Swiss francs ($8.6 million) for a Burmese ruby, the top lot at a Geneva auction marked by strong prices for fine diamonds and rare colored stones. Graff, known as the “King of Diamonds”, was buying Read More …

New Places to Find Rubies

Republic of Macedonia is the only country in mainland Europe to have naturally occurring rubies. They can mainly be found around the city of Prilep. Macedonian ruby has a unique raspberry color. The ruby is also included on the Macedonian Coat of Arms. In 2002 Read More …

Your 4th of July Weekend of Things to Do

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this Fourth of July weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Independence Day, Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8, 2018. Get crafty in a BYOB watercolor painting class; run a family-friendly 5K at Karbach Brewery, join a sand Read More …

Where Do Rubies Come From?

The Mogok Valley in Upper Myanmar (Burma) was for centuries the world’s main source for rubies. That region has produced some of the finest rubies ever mined, but in recent years very few good rubies have been found there. The very best color in Myanmar Read More …

10 Fun Facts About 4th of July You Probably Forgot

It’s time to stock up on beer, brats, fireworks, and apparel with the American flag plastered all over it because Independence Day is nearly here! Before you fire up the grill and set off those sparklers, bone up on some interesting history with these 4th of July Read More …