Ruby beads, faceted shapes and laser cut, body jewelry and gemstone pendants from Dream Factory Beads

Ruby Beads

Ruby is a light pink to blood red gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum. Wholesale ruby beads are the birthstone for July. Historically, it has been symbolic of love and passion, considered to be an aid to firm friendship, and believed to ensure beauty. Its colour ranges from purplish or bluish red to a yellowish red. The finest colour is a vivid, almost pure spectral red with a very faint undertone of blue, as seen in Burmese rubies, which are considered the finest. The ruby is a very brilliant stone and is also a very hard, durable, and wearable stone (a hardness of 9 on Mohs' scale). Because of these characteristics, ruby makes an unusually fine choice for any piece of jewellery. As it is true for other popular gems - the greater the value and demand, the greater the use of techniques to "improve" or to simulate. Again, examples of almost every type of technique can be found: colour enhancement, synthesis, substitutes, doublets, triplets, misleading names, etc. The newest synthetic rubies - the Kashan ruby and Chatham ruby - are so close to natural ruby in every aspect that many are actually passing for genuine. When getting a very fine, valuable ruby certified, make every effort to select a gemologist with both many years' experience in coloured gems and an astute knowledge of the marketplace today.

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