Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rubies - sapphires by another name.

Did you know that rubies are the same gem as a sapphire? Both the well known blue sapphire and red ruby are commercial gem names for corundums. Rubies may be any shade of red, from pinkish to purplish or brownish red, depending on the chromium and iron content of the stone. And although sapphires are known as a blue gem, they come in all colours of the rainbow. Check out a few variations of rubies along with some of our goldsmith's work featuring the gem just below.
*Information about rubies from: "Gemstones" by Cally Hall.
Ruby rocks.
Star ruby - this effect can be seen in cabochons when rutile inclusions are present.

Faceted Ruby.

Ring by Gillian Batcher of Pash Jewellery Design using synthetic rubies. Synthetic rubies are chemically the same as natural stones, they are human-made instead of naturally occurring.

Snake ring by Sasha Oda of Archerade using rubies.

Ruby accents on a ring handmade by Helena Perez Lafauire.

Custom opaque and faceted ruby rings by Alexis Kostuk, Glaciale Goldsmith.

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