A King Among Stones: The Ruby

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Without a doubt, the ruby is one of the most fascinating and memorable stones in the gemstone market. The rich crimson red of this coveted gemstone is said to stir passions and enhance emotions. Due to their blood-red beauty, people of ancient times believed rubies held the power over life and death. Other cultures deem the stones symbols of wisdom and beauty. With a history that dates to 200BC and the ruby trade on the North Silk road, today it is regarded as the most culturally important colored gemstone, and it remains one of the most sought-after gems. With its fine hardness, durability, and luster, the ruby exudes rarity, importance and paramount quality.

Ten exquisite Burma rubies display their prized "pigeon blood" hue in this elegant bracelet. Ten exquisite Burma rubies display their prized "pigeon blood" hue in this elegant bracelet.

Because rubies can range in color from bright, striking red to darker hues and reddish-browns, there exist different variations of the gemstone. The most rare and valuable of this gemstone is the Burmese ruby. Standing as spectacular examples of the most sought after deep, rich color known as "pigeon's blood" red, Burmese rubies are among the rarest of all gemstones. A location marked by richness in mineral resources, Burma has existed as a source of exceptional rubies since 600 AD. For centuries, Burma has been associated with the world’s finest rubies, though by edict of the King himself, the finest stones were never allowed to leave the kingdom. Due to increasing political unrest, the country closed itself to the world in 1962, further restricting trade and increasing the rarity of these magnificent stones. Whether used as earrings, rings, or any other jewelry variety, Burmese rubies are simply considered the best for their exceptional coloring and rare origin.

A ring of rubies surrounds the base of the knob, which is further accentuated by grisaille enamel plaques and golden guilloché enamel A ring of rubies surrounds the base of the knob, which is further accentuated by grisaille enamel plaques and golden guilloché enamel

Suited to more than just magnificent jewelry pieces, the ruby can add a dazzling touch to a variety of rare antiques. In many ways, the addition of a ruby gemstone is the ideal way to add a flair of richness and desirability to any item.

Emerald, ruby and mother-of-pearl cabochons embellish the gilt handle of this resplendent decorative walking stick Emerald, ruby and mother-of-pearl cabochons embellish the gilt handle of this resplendent decorative walking stick

Walking canes accentuated with inset ruby gemstones transform the cane from an object of practicality to a stylish accessory. Possessing a fascinating history, the walking stick has evolved into a symbol of power and prestige. Far from its humble roots as a tool for animal herders and intrepid travelers, rulers and high class style icons alike have wielded luxurious staffs and opulent canes. Luxury adornments such as ruby cabochons elevate the walking stick from an already respected accessory into a fashion statement all on its own.
Thanks to the success of the ruby gemstone, the celebrated Moser glass firm began to utilize the spectacular effect of its crimson color to accent their glass pieces. Exhibiting in international fairs and exhibitions in order to showcase their best pieces, Moser was able to expand its audiences, clientele, and prestige. One such piece created for an exposition is this urn-shaped ruby glass vase. Created in 1885, the deep red color is a signature of Moser’s celebrated ruby glass. Decorating this magnificent, rich color is gilt-accented designs of colored oak leaves and flowers connected by thin, delicate vines. Standing twenty-two inches tall, this vase's ornate and lavish design allows the luxurious ruby glass to reveal itself and its sophisticated shape.

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