To be a little more accurate, G is for gemstone but rubies are gemstones so I figure I can talk about rubies for the G in the A-Z challenge 🙂
Sometimes research for a book uncovers interesting information.
I’ve always loved Rubies, but I didn’t know much about them. I could’ve just made stuff up… But instead I googled and I’m glad I did because I discovered some interesting snippets that I used in my story.
- The best rubies are prized for their rich color, the deepest red is called pigeon blood red! I’m not sure who compared the glorious stones with a deceased birds blood… But as a vegetarian I’m just sticking with blood red!
- Rubies are the most expensive colored stones, the dearest Ruby ever – sold at auction last year for over $30 million.
- Rubies are extremely rare and always have been. Their dazzling brilliance and rich color led people to believe they have magical powers to promote a healthy, happy and long life. Long ago women wore rubies to promote fertility and warriors embedded the gems into their skin for protection in battles.
- All natural rubies have imperfections in them – in fact gemologists use the imperfections to distinguish natural from synthetics, simulants, or substitutes.
Some rubies have a three-point or six-point star. These rubies are shaped and polished rather than faceted to display the effect properly. The stars move across the stone as the light moves or the stone is rotated.
Do you have a favorite gemstone?
Comments make me almost as happy as sparkling red rubies 😀