Stuller has announced the availability of natural ruby, untreated for color or clarity (NC&C), from Madagascar. Joe Orlando, vice president of the company’s gemstone business unit, says there are “thousands of rubies, 4 kilos of 1.25 mm to 4 mm rounds, possibly larger, along with 4-by-3, 5-by-3, 5-by-4, and 6-by-4 ovals.”
In general they appear eye clean and can be slightly bluish. They vary from moderately included pinkish, purplish pink, medium to dark red to eye clean and bright red.
“Several trade associations have urged the industry to cease using Burmese ruby due to the current human rights situation in the country,” says Orlando. “The assortment provides concerned jewelers and designers with an alternative to offer their customers.”
He adds, “These gemstones will also appeal to those consumers who are looking for a completely natural product.” He notes that Stuller can guarantee the gemstones are unheated and totally free of enhancements or treatments, a reference to the proliferation of glass-filled Madagascar ruby.