Ruby has got to be one of the most striking gemstones in existence. With colours ranging from soft pinks to bloody reds, its redness is a strong indication of the presence of chromium. The colour of a ruby symbolises qualities such as power, passion, and strength. It is rated 9 in the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness, and is considered as one of the most durable gemstones. These qualities make the ruby a popular choice for engagement and wedding rings.
Just like in any other gemstones, the 4 Cs (carat, colour, clarity and cut) are the influencing factors on determining how precious and rare ruby rings are.
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The carats determine the weight of the rubies, and the heavier and bigger they are, the rarer and more expensive they could also get.
The colour of ruby rings is an important consideration as well. You might be surprised to know that not all rubies have the colour red. Determining how deep the red is in ruby rings, or how light their hues are would invariably tell their value. There are three factors to consider when observing the colour of ruby rings:
Hue- can vary from light orange to dark purple. The primary hue of a high-quality ruby should be red.
Tone- refers to how dark the ruby is. The perfect ruby is medium-toned, meaning it is not too light, nor too dark.
Saturation- refers to how intense the hue of the colour is. Rubies that have an intense red hue are considered as more valuable.
The ruby's clarity measures how clear the stone is, and blemishes or inclusions within the stone could affect how the light reflects it from different angles.
The stone's cut is more of an issue of preference, and totally depends on the buyer of the ruby rings. The stone should come alive when light dances across its multiple facets. A well-cut ruby should be able to showcase this display of light.
Aside from the 4Cs, shape is another consideration to be made as well. The cut is almost always perceived as the same as the shape. However, there is a difference. The shape is the physical boundaries of the stone, while the cut shows how well-executed these boundaries are. The most common shapes used in ruby rings are round, oval, octagonal and square. However, for the more adventurous, there are rubies shaped as hearts, cushions, trilliants, and marquise, among others.
With these in mind, you now have an idea of what to search for when shopping for ruby rings. Make it easier on yourself by shopping at Ice Jewellery Australia, where we have a wide array of ruby rings to choose from.