Are you a Ruby or Pink Sapphire?


Ruby is the magnificent red variety of the multi-colored ‘corundum’ family, of which sapphire is also a member. Pure corundum is colorless, but elements such as iron, chrome, titanium or vanadium produce the mineral’s intriguing colors. Ruby is composed of aluminum oxide and chrome, together with extremely fine traces of other elements, which vary according to the an individual gem’s origin.
Within the highly popular ‘corundum’ family, only the red variety has earned the name ‘ruby’, while all other colors are referred to as ‘sapphires’. The close affinity between ruby and sapphire was first recognized at the beginning of the 19th century, prior to which, both red garnets and spinels were classified and termed rubies. This confusion explains why the ‘Black Ruby’ and the ‘Timur Ruby’, two of the British Crown Jewels
were actually named rubies even though they are actually spinels!Ruby is the magnificent red variety of the multi-colored ‘corundum’ family, of which sapphire is also a member. Pure corundum is colorless, but elements such as iron, chrome, titanium or vanadium produce the mineral’s intriguing colors. Ruby is composed of aluminum oxide and chrome, together with extremely fine traces of other elements, which vary according to the an individual gem’s origin.
Within the highly popular ‘corundum’ family, only the red variety has earned the name ‘ruby’, while all other colors are referred to as ‘sapphires’. The close affinity between ruby and sapphire was first recognized at the beginning of the 19th century, prior to which, both red garnets and spinels were classified and termed rubies. This confusion explains why the ‘Black Ruby’ and the ‘Timur Ruby’, two of the British Crown Jewels
were actually named rubies even though they are actually spinels!

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