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Myanmar Ruby Stones

Best Gemstones available

Natural Ruby Jewelry
Map of Mogok Ruby Mines
Red crystals and raw ruby gemstones
It is only coincidental that ruby is both red in color and gives off a red fluorescence; however, this coincidence is responsible, in part, for its intense red shine. This red fluorescence gives ruby an advantage compared with other red stones, such as tourmaline and garnet since it covers up dark areas (extinction) and actually makes the stone glow with a rich crimson hue.

About ruby colors, among other is a very special one called "pigeon blood color" which has the best saturated red with a minimum of impurities and no cracks. 
The reason why this is very important is, there are many unnatural stones of low value and people try all kind of tricks to enhance the hues since there are several technical possibilities to do that.  

If you ever go ruby gem shopping better be very careful not to fall prey to crooks, this is especially relevant in this business in Thailand cheating is normal honesty the exception. 




Today it is almost impossible to find top quality larger ruby stones for sale anymore, means above around 10 mm diameter and excellent clarity. This is one of the reasons why it is very difficult to get

Bigger ruby stones

In ASEAN where are rubies mined?

Pictures of ruby mining 
Another newer mining area is further southeast near the border region, that is Mong Hsu, but the material found there is of lower quality and are mainly heat treated right at the mine.

Since their value is lower because of that the price range is also lower on the other hand if one is not an expert with lab this is difficult to proof, here are rough ruby stones grown on marble from Mong Hsu.
  1. raw mined ruby
  2. open air mine in Mogok
  3. Semi-precious stones from the same mine
  4. rubies grown on marble
  5. first ruby stone selection
  6. A week ruby harvest
  7. Ruby and sapphire stone painting
  8. Corundum with various colors
  9. countless mini mines follow the pipe
  10. first sorting after mining
  11. keep on searching
  12. a corundum mine
Pretty ruby stones and exotic jewelry
Where are ruby stones sold and bought?

The overwheling majority is traded in Bangkok and Chanthaburi in Thailand, also many so called "Thai rubies" come from there although they are mined elsewhere, but they are of low quality which means having not a good clarity and are much darker than other actually for the dealers here all red stones are rubies only when asking more it comes out that some are Burmese (Myanmar) Rubies other are imported from Madgascar and Sri Lanka.  

They are heat treated in Chanthaburi.

It is amazing that the dealers in this small town south of Pattaya on the east side of the Gulf of Thailand speak quite openly about it but only if someone start to talk about it because usually they are very secretive. 

They have a bit of a purplish hue and brownish tinge. The fact is most rubies are still smuggled in (2016) from Myanmar (Burma) they wont admitt it because usually Thai always deny anthing which could put an negative image on them, they call that "White Lies" and "face saving".
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The decorative work above shows a scene from Bagan Burmese People call this ruby painting where the green is jade stones and the other colors gems too. But the real thing is when ruby stones are paired with diamonds. Both are not attractive when they get mined but when cut, facets applied and polished they can become fascinating jewelry of many variants such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, brooches and more. These pretty gems are either natural or synthetic (simulated) and usually set in white and yellow gold.


Ruby Photos

Best red ruby gemstone jewelry

What about Ruby jewelry in a modern style? Just imagine such a fascinating clear ruby paired with some diamonds and set on a white or yellow gold ring, that's real pretty stuff. In general when buying the red gems as jewelry make sure to have some "sparkler" around because the ruby itself has no fire it's the diamond which delivers and it probably matches yellow gold best.

The main consideration when shopping for this cute little things is should it be a cabochon or faceted. Many buyers prefer the deep red mystic red of cabochons to the other. Also, think about taking a top notch Burmese (Myanmar) red stone or maybe an African having an immense difference in prices because of the clear issue and other property. Ask the store if the gemstone is heat treated or other "enhancements" this is really necessary when you would like to enjoy your little jewelry for many years to 

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There are two main versions of the gemstones the ones mined in Mogok Myanmar (Burma) and the other. The gems found there are a bit different in their physical composition and often clear.

Although all red stones have inclusions the combination of clarity and color (pigeon blood color) is unmatched and that's the reason why they are so expensive it is somehow similar to jadeite which is much superior to nephrite for the parameter, the latter is also known as "Chinese Jade".
Fascinating natural ruby jewelry is a highly sought jewelry worldwide

Women love them but also men wear them with a few smaller diamonds around. When looking through web pages you often will see differences of thousands of dollars although the stones are similar sized and won't look bad. There are two more parameters which are similarly important as the size this is clarity and fluorescent, the fact is that only Mogok Rubies show this on an interesting level especially the clarity is very important. Although there are no rubies without inclusions but the transparency level is very important, it somehow is similar to jade the more transparency the stone has the higher the price is. 
Jewelry let the user really shine, add some diamonds and it will sparkle . 
Mining  is either from deep under the surface or washed out from the earth
and stones of a stream .



































About genuine ruby rings


come. Although maybe they won't tell the true anyway but if they say no have it written down when you buy. In Chanthaburi, they are rather honest but in Bangkok, they always lie on this subject because the price difference between enhanced and not is tremendous.

There is much more buyer from the Indian subcontinent in Chanthaburi then in Bangkok since they are mostly honest. I think the reason is if a buyer sits down at the "gem alley" he / she gets a local person with the table they use for the transaction and they look after that there is no cheat.

They take this serious, which is a good sign since in Thailand betraying people, not only foreigner, is rather normal they have a real problem to keep the true and the cheat apart. Better read this for heat advancements, there are some more things for surface repair, actually after the heat treatment is done it stay's there is no degrading after a while. But with all other stuff it takes around 3 years after you can take it and throw it away.




The best is probably to visit Myanmar's Bogyoke Market, the gems are much more expensive than elsewhere but they are not treated. But only when bought by a government registered jewelry stores where is can be traced. When having a look around one will find some people in the open outside space who try to sell the stones out from the pocket which is a very risky thing. They also have cabochons and it needs some investigations. Because they are real genuine and natural it is a different level of buying.

Natural ruby necklaces get very expensive quick since it always includes diamonds and gold for the setting.

Natural ruby earrings make every woman shine maybe it needs dangling style otherwise they won't be visible.

About fine corundum, with many colors and paired with diamonds with the dedication to make women shine and after they feel good and maybe even attract the men better.

This makes some of the red stones even more valuable than diamonds with the same parameter. But another fact is rubies are usually paired with diamonds to make them sparkling jewelry since the red stones by themselves have no "fire". Trade selling & buying is done since ages actually it cant be dated but it
always went on in Asia . Rubies in India are very sought after gemstones
including diamonds, sapphire and other. Prices are difficult to figure our
and most dealer / buyer have their own ideas, it heavy depends on negotiation.

Rubis sold at the Bogyoke Market in Yangon

Rubies and Diamonds

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Many other purposes are possible which can create emotions. Never forget the diamonds around, as men, you might be focused on the main subject which is the gemstone but as women, she wants to make it shine and for that, it needs some smaller diamonds.

Although the white clear stones are expensive but having some smaller one can offset budget constraints the biggest problem associated with this gems is its price.
It could be a good idea to browse the internet for ring design inspirations with a natural ruby.

Here are almost endless eye-catching samples to find gemstone beauty and attraction, keep in mind your loved one want to stand out from the crowd and want to shine. It should be charming with a passionate flavor and affordable so no need to loot your bank account.

The tendency in the low price ring segment and other is to use gold plated metal as setting plus cheaper stones and often Swarovski elements with red color as lower price ruby replacement. From the natural side, the gems mostly come from Madagascar and are more or less opaque with faceting. Actually, most people who search for red jewelry a ruby is a centerpiece and there is no much discussion about the property of the gem, the most important subject does it optically look pretty
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Because this has become a fashion item which will be replaced next month anyway, maybe a new color is "in", the buyer is not so much interested in the physical details but is it appealing? Does it shine, get its attention from others and similar thoughts? The market turnover has changed in recent decades into a "quickie" in search of the latest hype.

A great help to keep beauty manageable is for sure the use of red synthetic stones, also defined as created, CZ, simulated ruby and more.It has become a pure consumer good without a lot of thinking before buying just like visiting the supermarket. This is probably the result of the internet, everything is quick and virtual because what people see on the monitor screen is in reality quite different to what they finally get and to accept this has also something to do with the price.
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About Myanmar Ruby Quality

Red Ruby Stone Photos
The Mogok Stone Tract in Upper Burma has traditionally been associated with the finest rubies, but even good stones are extremely rare from this fabled area. `Pigeon's blood' was the term used to describe the finest Burmese stones, but this phrase has little meaning today, for so few people have seen the blood from this bird.

Better, perhaps, is to compare the color of the finest rubies with the red signal of a traffic light. It is a glowing red color which is diffused throughout the stone as a result of the unique property of fine rubies — a rich red fluorescence to daylight.

Burmese rubies possess not just red body color but, by a freak of nature, fluoresce red as well.

It is the body hue plus the red fluorescence which give rubies in general, and particularly those from Burma, their incomparable crimson hue. In Myanmar rubies, the shade often occurs in rich patches and zoning can be a problem.
  1. red and pink ruby crystals
  2. ruby diamond quality jewelry
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  4. ruby sapphire quality jewelry
The swirls found in these stones are termed 'treacle' by gemologists because of their resemblance to syrup. Not only are faceted rubies obtained from Burma, but also the world's finest star rubies. In these stones a sharp star and, at the same time, good transparency are sought. Stones which contain too much silk will have rather a poor color because the silk diffuses the light. The best stones will have just enough silk to create the star effect, but not so much as to harm the transparency and color. Such stones are extremely rare and valuable. Good transparency or a 'glass body', as it is known, is of the utmost importance in creating good color in star rubies. Because of the known political problems, Myanmar today produces not many facet-quality rubies, and the major source is now the mines along the Thai/Cambodian border.

However, the color of Thai rubies usually cannot compare with that of the best of those from Burma. Again, the reason is fluorescence. Those rubies contain traces of iron which quench this red fluorescence. Although heat treatment, which nowadays is performed on virtually all Thai rubies, does improve their appearance considerably, it does not make up for their lack of fluorescence. In Thai rubies, only those facets where light is totally internally reflected will be a rich red; the others appear blackish, as with red garnets. In terms of body color, the Thai stones are actually a purer red than most Burmese rubies. However, the finest Burmese rubies appear red all over: not only is a rich red seen in the areas where total internal reflection occurs but, because of the red fluorescence, the other facets are also red. This glowing red color is what makes fine Burmese rubies so special.

Burmese Rubies and History

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Unfortunately for the British and also for gem lovers, on the night that the palace was captured, in 1886 the treasure was smuggled out under the noses of the British soldiers. Guards,/ posted with orders not to allow anyone to enter or leave the palace. The soldiers, being a chivalrous lot, did, however, permit female servants to come and go. Throughout the night that is exactly what they did, taking with them the main share of the treasure.

Eventually, no doubt, the stones found their way onto the open market in Lower Burma and India, and then into the private collections of the world's rich. Thus, one of the greatest opportunities lost forever — that of the public display of the most fabulous jewels of the Burr, monarchs, a collection put together over centuries. The likes of it will probably never be possible again. 
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One of the most magnificent Burmese rubies ever found was that known as the `Nga Mauk' (Gna Monk) Ruby  

 During the reign of King Mindon Min in Mandalay

A man found a rough ruby weighing 7 Tikal. At this point, there is some discrepancy in the accounts. Streeter (1892) claims that the man's wife traded the stone for some fish condiments to a man named Nga Mauk while Keely Om, does not mention such a trade. It does seem unlikely that anyone living in the Mogok area could fail to recognize such a fine rough ruby, so in this regard, Streeter may be wrong. In any case, the owner of the stone then broke it in two, giving one-half to the king and sending the other for sale in Calcutta. The king discovered the fraud and, after learning where the other half had been sent, ordered its return, in the meantime also ordering the village and all its inhabitants to be burned as a lesson to others with similar ideas.

Eventually, the second half was purchased in Calcutta for an enormous sum and returned to Burma, where it forms a perfect fit with the first piece. The two stones were cut in Burma, one forming a grand stone weighing 98 carats and named `Nga Mauk', while the other weighed 74 carats and became known as `Kallahpyan', signifying that it had returned from India (Streeter, 1892). These two pieces were undoubtedly among the treasures smuggled out of the palace when Upper Burma was annexed by the British in 1886. Also among the great Burmese rubies was a stone found during Mindon Min, rule by a man working on the road to Momeit. It weighed 400 carats in the rough and was cut into three pieces: a stone of 70 carats which was sold to England; a stone of 45 carats sold in Mandalay; and a third portion of unknown weight sold in Calcutta for 70 000 rupees (Streeter, 1892). `Gnaga Boh', or the `Dragon Lord', was the name given to a ruby found at Bawbadan weighing 44 carats in the rough and, when cut, 20 carats.

This stone was said to be the finest of its size ever reported and was given by the finder to King Tharawadis. It was also amongst the booty smuggled out of King Theebaw's palace in Mandalay 1886 (Streeter, 1892). Soon after Theebaw ascended to the throne a very fine stone weighing 100 car.ts in the rough was found on Pingtoung Hill near Mogok, an area where several 'royal rubies' have originated from. The stone was presented to Theebaw by 0o-dwa-gee, at the time Woon (Governor) of the ruby-mining district .