Ruby is exceptionally tough
It has a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, so it’s very resistant to breaking, chipping and changes in temperature. Incredibly resilient, they’re only slightly softer than diamonds.
Ruby is highly valued
The rich, vibrant colour and lustrous finish make it a popular and valuable gemstone. Fine gems are usually a pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red.
Ruby makes a special gift
It’s the birthstone for July and the gem for 40th anniversaries.