In India, the ruby is known as the King of Gems and is worn by Kings and Queens for good luck. In Asian countries rubies have always been held in high esteem. They were used to adorn the armor, scabbards and harnesses of noblemen. They were also laid beneath the foundation of buildings to secure good fortune for the structure. Ruby, the stone of nobility, is said to bring love, confidence, loyalty and courage and to instill stamina, vitality and strength. Ruby, a variety of the mineral corundum, is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone. The ruby, along with emeralds, diamonds and sapphires is considered to be one of the four precious stones. Royal City Jewellers & Loans Ltd. is home to some very lovely pieces of ruby jewelry.
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Prices of rubies are primarily determined by color. The brightest and most valuable “Red”, called blood-red, commands a large premium over rubies of similar quality. After color follows clarity, similar to diamonds, a clear stone will command a premium but a ruby without any needle like rutile inclusions may indicate that the stone has been treated. Cut and carat weight are also important factors in determining the price.
RUBY is the traditional birthstone for the month of July.