Fun Facts About Ruby Gemstones

Rubies are one of the most popular and recognized ​gemstones in the world. They are known for their remarkable colors, which is one reason ruby gems have been highly prized throughout history.

This article will reveal a few fun facts about this captivating red gemstone:

  • Ruby is one of the four precious gemstones. The others are emerald, sapphire, and diamond.
  • The word ruby comes from the Latin rubens, which means red.
  • Natural rubies come in a variety of hues, from dark crimson to pigeon blood-red and pinkish red. This red hue comes from traces of the mineral chromium.
  • Rubies with a full, rich red color and just a hint of blue hues are the most valuable.
  • Translucent rubies are clear and very rare. in contrast, opaque rubies have so many inclusions that it is impossible to see through the stone. Thus, opaque rubies are less expensive than translucent rubies.
  • Ruby gemstones are a type of corundum. Other types of gem-quality corundum are known as sapphire gems.
  • The birthstone for July is ruby. It's also a popular present for those celebrating their 15th or 40th birthdays.
  • Ruby gemstones are among the world's most durable gems, with a Mohs scale hardness of 9. They are as hard as sapphires and only slightly softer than diamonds.
  • Natural ruby stones have been found all over the world, including in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Africa, Australia and the USA.  
  • Most of the finest rubies exist in Myanmar, thus the finest ruby gems are now known as “Burmese Rubies”.
  • One of the most important reasons for Burmese rubies' high price is their distinctive, highly saturated color, which is due to a high chromium content in the earth from which they are mined.
  • Unfortunately, the famous Burmese mines in Myanmar are now almost fully depleted, making Burmese rubies ever scarcer and more expensive than ever.
  • Almost every ruby has faults, although some are less obvious than others. Rubies stones without flaws are extremely unusual.
  • Ruby crystals are a talisman that guarantees harmony, protects against sadness, boosts confidence and brings success.
  • Natural rubies, sapphires, and emeralds generate more economic impact than all other gemstones combined.
  • The 8,500-carat Liberty Bell Ruby is the world's largest mined ruby crystal. The stunning Liberty Bell Ruby weighs four pounds, is eight and a half thousand carats and is sculpted into a miniature form of the Liberty Bell.


There you go, a few fun facts you probably didn’t know about rubies. If you like this article then don’t forget to like and share it with your friends and family.