The ruby is one of the four great precious stones with the ruby, the emerald and the diamond. It is a silicate belonging to the corundum family. Corundums can be in any color. When it is red it is called ruby and if it is blue it is called sapphire. The other colors are called green sapphire, pink sapphire or yellow sapphire….and leucosaphir if the stone is colorless.
With a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, corundum has great scratch resistance and their zero cleavage makes it one of the most shock-resistant stones.
The red color of rubies is caused by the presence of chromium. If there is no chrome, then the stone will be called pink sapphire, even if its color remains very dark.
Historically, the most beautiful rubies are mined in Myanmar, but the geopolitical context of the country and the exhaustion of certain mines have contributed to the development of other deposits, particularly in Africa (Mozambique). The most coveted rubies, however, remain the "Pigeon's Blood" mined in the Mogok Valley, Myanmar. Their deep red color with a purplish blue tint has made them one of the most popular stones of the great houses of Place Vendôme.
The physical, chemical and aesthetic qualities of corundum give designers immense creative freedom.
The deep red of ruby inspires designers. Bee Goddess uses a pear-shaped ruby to reveal the body of a bee, creating an exceptional earring. And...Paris makes piercings in yellow gold and rubies. Whether with turquoise at L'Atelier Nawbar or with malachite at Céline d'Aoust, ruby goes well with all gems.
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