Ruby, widely known for its deep rich color, has been a favorite by so many. The name "Ruby" derives from the Latin word "Ruber", which means red. The scientific name for this Gemstone is Corundum. The mineral Corundum is colorless and gets its color by trace elements that become part of the crystals structure. Chromium is the element that causes the famous red color we all know and love. Rubies are always red, but some have orange, pink and even purple tints in the coloration. Other varieties of Gem-quality Corundum are classified as Sapphire.
Ruby is a very durable stone; it ranks a 9.0 on the Mohs hardness scale. Diamonds and Moissanite are the only natural Gemstones harder than a Ruby. This makes Rubies a perfect stone for any kind of jewelry. In fact, because Ruby is known as the stone of love, many get engagement rings or wedding rings with Rubies to symbolize a deep and passionate love to one another. Also, it has always been associated with the 40th anniversary. So, if you were looking for the perfect gift, you have found it!
There are many notions about this Gemstone. Some cultures believed that Rubies symbolized Passion, Protection, and wealth. They believed that the wealth and assets of the person wearing Rubies would be protected. Others thought if the gem was worn on the left side, it would allow the bearer to live peacefully. Some even refer it as "The Stone of Kings". Ruby has been found in Madagascar, Nepal, Thailand, and many more. It's quite rare, but Rubies have also been found in the US States of Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, & Wyoming.
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