Rubies are a fiery staple of the gemstone world. For centuries, rubies have been at the forefront of luxury and lore. What sets this stone apart from less prized gemstones is ruby’s inherent beauty. But there’s more to rubies than just a beautiful guise. Whether its biblical references or cases of mistaken identity, a ruby is a gemstone you’ll want to know more and more about. These interesting ruby facts will uncover some of the intrigue behind July’s birthstone.
What is Ruby and Where is it Found?
- Ruby is one of the four precious gemstones. The others are emerald, sapphire, and diamond.
- Ruby comes from the Latin “rubens” meaning red.
- Rubies are made of corundum. Corundum comes in many other colors, but those colors are classified as sapphires.
- Ruby gets its red coloring from trace amounts of chromium.