The Ruby is the most coveted of the gemstones. The name ruby is reserved for red forms of corundum, the same mineral called sapphire in other colors. Transparent, intensely colored ruby has been among the most precious stones for centuries and considered the king of all gems. To this day the Burma Ruby pigeon blood red is the most valued gemstone.Nearly all rubies have flaws. Rubies without imperfections are exceptionally rare and command prices even higher than diamonds of a similar weight and quality.Almost all natural rubies are treated to improve their color and over all appearance. This is standard practice in the gemstone cutting industry and is accepted by the American Gem Trade Association.Rubies symbolize power and protection. When worn as a talisman, ruby was believed to help protect warriors in battle.Rubies are referenced multiple times in the bible. The bible associates these gems with beauty and wisdom. Ruby is the birthstone of July and it is believed wearing a fine red Ruby bestows good fortune on its owner.
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