The color red represents passion, life and love. The king of the gemstones, the ruby exemplifies beauty, desire, splendor and allure.
From the Sanskrit word "ratnaraj," meaning "king of the gemstones," and the Latin "rubens" meaning red, the ruby reigns supreme over other colored gemstones and is considered one of the most treasured jewels in history. This highly coveted gem has it all-splendid color, exceptional hardness and a superior brilliance. Praised in biblical passages as a stone of beauty and wisdom, the ruby has remained a popular gift symbolizing love and passion throughout history. Ruby, like its sister stone sapphire, is a colored version of corundum. This solid mineral appears colorless in its pure form. Once mixed with chromium, corundum develops its radiant red hue, which ranges in shade from pink to blood red.
Myanmar (Burma) and Sri Lanka traditionally yield some of the best rubies in the world. However, a U.S. embargo on Burmese ruby and jadeite has forced our buyers to seek out alternative ruby sources. During their gem hunt, they negotiated an impressive sample from the John Saul mines of Kenya, discovered by American geologists John Saul and Elliot Miller in 1973. These stones are some of the most gorgeous natural rubies available in today's market.
The color and splendor of John Saul rubies has exceeded expectations, putting Kenya on the gemstone map as one of the best ruby suppliers. Mining conditions for John Saul rubies has proven extremely difficult, adding to the rarity of these superb gems.