Ruby: Fire and Passion

The Ruby is the most powerful of the red stones (which also include garnet, red jasper, and carnelian). In India, it was considered an especially important gift with which to honor Krishna. According to Hindu belief, the source of the gem’s glow was an internal Read More …

House of Harry Winston’s Ruby Shoes

The most expensive shoes in the world: House of Harry Winston’s Ruby Shoes Shoes have a long history and through time they became more than a necessity because of the fashion industry. It is said that shoes are women’s best friends and they tend to lash Read More …

The Natawa Ruby or the SLORC Ruby

I personally think its original name is more fitting, but who am I anyway? The Rangoon gem auction had a big star in 1991, a 496-ct golf-ball sized piece of rough. Its name is the Natawa Ruby, but it was dubbed the SLORC Ruby by SLORC (Burma’s Read More …

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 …

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 …

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 …