If you’re enchanted by the idea of using a ruby in your engagement ring or crafting unique fine jewellery pieces with a ruby gemstone, you’ll be delighted to discover the diverse shades of red available. Rubies have gained popularity as an alternative to traditional diamond engagement rings, thanks to their timeless charm. At Waldemar Jewellers in Sydney, we’re dedicated to creating your ideal custom ruby ring.

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Which Hue of ruby should you choose?

Cornflower Blue is the gold standard of Blue Sapphires. A cornflower blue is a medium to light blue and was originally found in Kashmir but that source has since been exhausted. Ceylon Blue Sapphires are now the closest hue to the Cornflower Blue Kashmir sapphire and therefore are now the most sought after. The royal blue sapphire found in Madagascar and Thailand are also a popular choice. Which hue of blue ultimately comes down to personal preference, with the Australian Blue sapphire in a Twilight hue becoming increasingly popular.

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Ruby gemstone countries of origin

Burmese Rubies

Burmese rubies, hailing from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have a legendary status in the world of gemstones. They are cherished for their mesmerising and intense red hue, often referred to as “pigeon’s blood” red. This exceptional colour is characterised by a deep, rich red tone with a hint of bluish undertones, resembling the vivid colour of a pigeon’s blood. These rubies are celebrated for their exceptional quality, which includes high transparency, minimal inclusions, and intense colour saturation. Burmese rubies have been historically associated with royalty, adorning the crowns and jewellery of kings and queens. Their rarity, historical significance, and exquisite colour make them highly sought-after in the gem market. Owning a Burmese ruby is a symbol of passion, love, and luxury, and their reputation as some of the world’s finest rubies continues to captivate gemstone enthusiasts and collectors.

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Mozambique Rubies

Mozambique rubies have recently gained prominence as exceptional gemstones in the world of fine jewellery. Mined in the Montepuez region of Mozambique, they offer a captivating range of red hues, often resembling the coveted “pigeon’s blood” colour. These rubies are cherished for their high clarity, excellent transparency, and vivid colour saturation. Mozambique rubies have made a significant mark in the gem market, standing as a worthy alternative to Burmese rubies, providing gemstone enthusiasts with a source of stunning red gemstones that exude beauty and allure.


Sri Lanka Rubies

Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, has a rich history in the world of gemstones, particularly rubies. Ceylon rubies are celebrated for their mesmerising pink to deep red hues and excellent clarity. These gems are often found in alluvial deposits, making them relatively easy to mine. Ceylon rubies have been a sought-after choice for centuries, known for their exceptional quality and brilliance. These rubies offer a unique charm, often in lighter shades, making them ideal for those who prefer a more delicate yet captivating gemstone.

Rubies from Madagascar & Thailand

Madagascar Ruby: Madagascar has emerged as a significant source of rubies, known for their stunning colour and quality. These Madagascar rubies are cherished for their rich red hues and can often rival the world’s top ruby-producing regions. The gemstones from Madagascar typically exhibit excellent clarity, making them highly desirable for fine jewellery, including engagement rings. Their ethically sourced nature adds to their appeal, as consumers increasingly seek sustainable and responsible gemstones.

Thailand Ruby: Thailand is a prominent player in the world of rubies, specifically the Chanthaburi region. Renowned as a global hub for ruby trading and cutting, Thai rubies are celebrated for their vibrant and intense red colours. They often exhibit exceptional clarity and radiance. Some Thai rubies even display a captivating optical phenomenon known as asterism, creating a star-like effect when viewed under certain lighting conditions. This distinctive quality adds to their allure. Thailand’s influence in the ruby market makes it a significant source of these precious gemstones, providing a diverse array of options for those in search of stunning and enchanting rubies for their jewellery pieces.



Ruby engagement rings

At Waldemar Jewellers Sydney, we are wholly committed to crafting an alternative ring to your traditional engagement ring. Our team of
artisan Custom Engagement Ring specialists, place the greatest value on bringing your unique vision to life. Using only the most exquisite rubies avaiable.

The 4 C's of Rubies

The 4Cs of rubies, much like diamonds, are a set of factors used to evaluate the quality and value of these precious gemstones. Here’s a breakdown of the 4Cs for rubies:

Cut: The cut of a ruby influences its overall appearance and how it interacts with light. A well-cut ruby should maximise its brilliance and colour while minimising the visibility of any inclusions. Common shapes for rubies include oval, round, cushion, and emerald cuts.

Colour: Colour is the most critical factor in determining the quality of a ruby. The finest rubies display a vibrant, pure red colour, often referred to as “pigeon’s blood red.” The colour should be rich, intense, and evenly distributed throughout the gem. The presence of any secondary hues, such as purple or orange, can significantly impact the value.

Clarity: While rubies typically have more inclusions (internal flaws) than diamonds, they are generally accepted as long as they do not interfere with the stone’s transparency and brilliance. Some natural inclusions can even be used to confirm the gem’s authenticity. However, rubies with fewer visible inclusions are considered more valuable.

Carat Weight & Size: Carat weight refers to the size of the ruby. Larger rubies are rarer and more valuable, provided they maintain good colour and clarity. Smaller rubies can also be valuable if they exhibit exceptional colour and clarity.

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