Rubies are minerals of the corundum family that are red in color. What makes this gemstone splendid is the fact that it comes in an array of shades of the color red. Colors ranging from the lighter shades of red to darker tones are considered the natural ruby gemstones. They also come in various other color undertones such as casts of purple that make the stone not just unique but also add charm to any jewelry it is made of. The fact that this gemstone is continually in demand worldwide is due to the fact that it is available in a color shade that is universally recognized and associated with passion and love.
The most significant and distinct feature of ruby is the fact that it is not just hard but also cannot easily get scratched or even defaced. Due to this fact, we can only deduce that ruby is very durable and a minor knock on it cannot negatively impact it. Since they don’t feature any inclusions, one should easily see either spots or fine lines within the stone when it is held against natural light. For top notch quality ruby, this should not be the case and if at all there should be any traces of inclusions, it should not be seen with a person’s naked eye but special instruments such as microscopes.
Whichever the case, the presence of inclusions does not necessarily mean that the stone can easily crack. It is important to keep in mind that when one is using an appliance or is involved in strenuous work, they must not wear their piece of ruby jewelry. The amount one pays for a piece of ruby jewel is totally dependent on its quality, size as well as finishing or color. Rubies with inclusions that are visible cost less than those that are clear whereas large ones are also expensive. A large ruby with visible inclusions would definitely cost less than a smaller one that is completely clear.
Though rubies are available in various shades of the color red, those that are deep red in color such as the color of blood, are considered of the highest quality in the market. This means that they are the most expensive and the finest of all rubies. Unlike diamonds that are considered flawless, rubies are not hence one must do a lot of research and comparisons not just within one jewelry shop but amongst the various shops in order to get the best deal on the best ruby.