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How to choose your favorite ruby?

09 Jul
2024

Ruby ranks first among the five precious gems. High-quality rubies are highly sought after by the world. How to choose rubies?

Under the premise of naturalness, experts use 4C to measure the value of gems, namely Color, Clarity, and Car-at. Usually, color affects 50% of the value of gems, followed by clarity, size, and finally cutting. The order of the 4C value judgment of rubies and diamonds is different, but the principle remains the same, that is, the order and proportion are arranged according to the beauty, permanence and rarity of the gems. As far as rubies are concerned, not all rubies have collection value. Rubies with good color, large particles, high clarity and good fire must be selected. Therefore, you can start with color, clarity, fire, weight, characteristic observation and certificate to select rubies.

Selecting rubies-color: the more saturated, the more uniform, and the brighter the better

The first thing you see when you see a ruby ​​is the color. The more saturated, the more uniform, and the brighter the better. Generally speaking, the price of a dark and true ruby ​​must be higher than that of a light one; the price of a bright one must be higher than that of a dark gray one. Rubies are generally divided into five levels: dark red, red, medium red, light red, and light red. There are many colors of rubies. The best is a darker pure red, followed by a slightly purple red, and then a darker pink, purple red, and slightly brown red. Other colors such as brown red and black red are all inferior rubies.

Color is the color of a gemstone under natural light. It is the key to evaluating rubies. The purer and more intense the color, the better the quality. If the gemstone has green or black tones or is lighter in color, it will affect the value of the gemstone.

The pigeon blood red ruby ​​produced in Myanmar is the most precious. Its name comes from the fact that this red looks very much like the extremely bright red blood of a pigeon in the Mogok area. This is a strong color that can almost be called dark red. The pure red contains a blue hue, giving people a strong feeling of "burning fire" and "flowing blood".

Cherry red is also very famous. It is produced in Sri Lanka and is ranked among the high-end rubies. This color is due to the slight purple in the red tone, which makes the color of the gemstone also rich and dazzling, noble and uncommon.

In addition, there are also some places in the world where the color of rubies is also very beautiful, such as the rubies produced in Mozambique, which are crowned with "Windsor colors". This kind of gemstone has a slight yellow tint in the bright red, which is also rich and compelling, making people linger. The price is also extremely expensive in the international market.

Choosing rubies-clarity: the cleaner the more expensive

During the formation process, gemstones will capture the surrounding minerals and water vapor, and produce inclusions such as bubbles, liquids, and solid minerals. Inclusions are generally referred to as "impurities" or "defects". When choosing rubies, of course, the fewer the inclusions, the cleaner, the more transparent, and the higher the value. But as the saying goes, "ten reds and nine cracks", it means that there are usually more inclusions and cracks in rubies. Rubies with positive colors and no internal flaws are very rare and expensive.

Generally speaking, if you can't see any flaws in a ruby ​​with the naked eye, it's acceptable. If you're collecting it for investment, the cleaner the better. But if you can't see a completely transparent and flawless ruby, be wary that it's a synthetic ruby.

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