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BREATHTAKING BEAUTY OF GEMS
RUBY Think of the strongest emotions, anger, passion, and more importantly love. Now think of a colour to describe these feelings. Red. Red like ripe juicy fruit, like good wine, like fast cars and roses and red lips, red like the blood that circulates in our veins and sustains our very life. That responds to our emotions by showing off on our cheeks when we are happy, shy, or in love. That storms in our body when we get upset or passionate. Red like ruby. The “king of precious stones” as it has been named, ruby, has always been one of the most important gemstones for all cultures; there were even periods when the value of rubies would exceed that of diamonds. Its sanguine appearance and its fierce durability have made humans believe
that it has magical and protective powers. Many historical jewelry pieces include rubies as these gemstones were always thought to have an extremely high value and only the royals and the pure ones could own and wear a high quality ruby. Traditional sources of ruby include Thailand, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, among other Asian sources. Africa is also producing some of the world’s most beautiful rubies, and some regions of East Africa such as Mozambique and Madagascar are considered to become the world’s most important suppliers of high quality ruby. Since it is a gemstone that has accompanied humans for centuries, and never lost its popularity, we can find rubies in jewelry from
| DECEMBER 2015
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