Second to the diamond for its hardwearing qualities, ruby is part of the corundum family. With a spectrum of colours from red to pinkish, purplish or brownish red, this is a gemstone that is great for stand-out style. Ruby has long been thought to possess powers to ward off ill-health and misfortune. Mostly originating from Sri Lanka and Thailand, rubies are perfect quality for jewellery settings using precious metals such as yellow gold.
Moh hardness: 9 (1 softest to 10 hardest)
Ruby is a very durable gemstone however it will need to be cared for so that its brilliance doesn't fade. Ruby should be stored in a soft pouch or jewellery box to prevent scratching and damage from or to other jewellery. Soap and liquid cleaners should be avoided as these may cause ruby to dull. Harsh detergents or chemicals such as bleach or chlorine should be avoided as these could cause erosion to the gemstone. To clean ruby rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a soft jewellery cloth.