While diamonds are probably the most popular gemstone used in engagement rings and other pieces of jewelry, there is a variety of other gemstones to choose from as well. Many of the alternative gemstone choices are just as gorgeous as diamonds, but comes at a lower price in many cases. In this article, we would like to focus on a very specific gemstone – the ruby. Even though the popularity of rubies fell somewhat, they are now regaining their popularity and more people are starting to opt for rubies when they buy jewelry now.
The Grading Process Of A Ruby
Just like diamonds, ruby gemstones are also graded based on four main qualities of the particular stone. The grade of these qualities help an appraiser determine how valuable a ruby is and how much a jeweler should ask for the stone. This is an essential process that a ruby needs to go through and it is also vital to obtain a certificate with the purchase of a real ruby. The certificate should also be issued by an official gemology laboratory and you should ensure you verify the validity of the particular certificate before finalizing the purchase. Let’s take a look at each of the qualities that are looked upon when a ruby gemstone is graded.
- Carat Weight – The weight of any gemstone has a significant impact on the value of the particular stone. The more a ruby weighs, the more it will cost. When it comes to rubies, however, there is a significant increase in price when you get to a one carat ruby. Another significant increase can be seen in a three carat ruby and a five carat ruby. For this reason, it is often recommended to opt for a ruby that is 0.1 carat lighter to avoid the price spike – for example, you may opt for a 0.9 carat ruby instead of a 1.0 carat ruby if you want to avoid paying a lot for a one carat ruby.
- Clarity – A ruby’s clarity is also graded to determine the value of the stone. One thing to consider is the fact that there are virtually no rubies without any type of inclusions; thus you should not expect to purchase a completely flawless ruby. In addition to inclusions, a ruby can also have “needles”, which is imperfections on the stone that are caused by minerals or small crystals.
- Cut Quality – You also need to consider how well the ruby has been cut when you analyze a grading certificate of a particular ruby you wish to purchase. When the cut quality is low, the ruby may not look good – even when fitted in a piece of jewelry. The cut quality will also determine the level of brilliance that the ruby will expel.
- Color – The Gemology Institute of America reports that the color of a ruby has a significant impact on its value and physical appearance. The purer the color of the ruby, the higher its value. Rubies with a purplish red color variety are also high valued. If secondary colors are also present, the ruby may not be worth as much as if it only had a pure red color.
Rubies have regained their popularity and can now be found in virtually any type of jewelry – be it an engagement ring, a set of earrings, a necklace or a wristband. These gemstones are graded similar to other stones, such as a diamond, but there are some differences that you should know about before you set out to buy a piece of jewelry that is fitted with a ruby.