Freshly mined rubies
A miner shows of his latest find,
all finds are kept close at hand.
The finest hue of rubies go under the name of pigeon blood.
One of my absolute favourite gems is the ruby with its red fiery (or pinkish) colour. And did you know that transparent, flawless rubies exceed all other gems in value? Even diamonds, execpt so called fancy diamonds. The reason? Transparent rubies of larger sizes are rarer than diamonds.
The poor ruby must be transparent to posses gem value other rubies like opaque or semi-opaque have very little value compared to other gems.
Photos: Richard W. Hughes