When looking for rubies you will have to venture a little further than the bottom of your garden. Historically rubies have been mined within Thailand, Cambodia and Burma each of which are situated next to each other in South Asia. The most renowned place to find this red gem is Mogok (Burma) where you can find the legendary valley of rubies. It has been said that the country’s earliest inhabitants were the first to discover this gorgeous gem stone around 600AD. However this area has now been mining and distributing the highest quality rubies all over the world for the past thousand years.

The colour of a ruby is intensely captivating with its strong red reflection its beauty is hard to deny. Red itself is such a strong and empowering colour that it comes as no surprise that it reflects man’s strongest emotions such as love, anger and passion. Earlier cultures often wore and treasured rubies as they were said to hold the power of life. Understandably, the redness of this gem led to this belief as it was thought to be symbolic of the colour of blood flowing through their veins.

The care, time and attention which nature takes in order to craft a ruby is truly extraordinary and every bit of this nurtured effort can be seen within the gem stone. Rubies are formed by the combination of the mineral corundum and the element chromic oxide. A ruby is formed when the small impurity of chromic oxide is exposed within the corundum, this process is referred to as isomorphous replacement.

A ruby is the representative birthstone for July and is the symbolic gem to give as a gift for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.

It goes without saying that rubies are just as desired today as they have been in the past and for this we can thank the colour of this outstanding gem. A ruby, whether displayed as a centre piece of a pendant or the feature gem of a solitaire ring it makes the perfect romantic gift.