Ruby : Why the Source Affects the Price

Ruby enjoys a storied history extending back to the earliest recorded times. From the Bible we learn that wisdom was considered “more precious than rubies.” A Sanskrit text refers to ruby as the “king of precious stones.” Other ancient writings attest to this gem’s special powers. It was believed to banish evil thoughts, engender peace of mind, and protect the wearer from harm. During the Roman empire, ruby was ground up and ingested for its medicinal value. Medical texts from 13th-century India promote it as a cure for digestive disorders. Burmese soldiers were known to insert ruby beneath their skin for protection during battle. If its purported powers are now the stuff of apocryphal folklore, ruby today is still cherished for its beauty and rarity. A key factor affecting ruby’s value is the country of origin and in some instances the specific region from which the stone

This content is exclusive to JCK Pro subscribers. Subscribe now to access this and much more with discount code GOPRO21 for $199 for an entire year of access (reg. $249).


Already a JCK Pro? Log in

A JCK Pro subscription is your all-access pass to people and resources on the
cutting edge of the retail jewelry industry, from the industry authority you
know and trust

Learn about the Perks of JCK Pro

Log Out

Are you sure you want to log out?

CancelLog out