Ruby, Shield Cut, 2.60 CT


According to legend, warriors in Burma (Myanmar) possessed rubies to make them invincible in battle, not only wearing them, but also inserting them into their flesh. Rubies still hold that same “personal safety” mystique today. Here’s one that’s sure to safeguard: an exquisite natural Burmese ruby with an even vivid red color mixed with magenta undertones, the quintessential Burmese ruby color. This lovely hue is both unaffected by heat treatment and spread evenly throughout the stone. This 2.60-carat Burmese ruby is also fittingly fashioned into a striking shield shape for a powerful symbol of protection and defense.

For centuries, the Mogok Stone Tract of Burma, otherwise known as modern-day Myanmar, has provided the world with its finest rubies. Burmese rubies are renowned for their clarity, silk inclusions that give them a soft glow, and, of course, their vibrant color—a combination of purplish-red body color and fiery red fluorescence, with the most coveted called “pigeon’s blood.” Today, with  most of the alluvial deposits in the region depleted, Burmese rubies are among the most valuable and prestigious of all gemstones. To learn more about Burmese rubies, click here.

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