Wine Red Ruby Natural Precious Gemstone Crystal
Dimensions (millimeters): 15 x 10 x 10 (small gemstone)
Dimensions (inches): .6 x .4 x .4 (Petite gem)
Thumbnail specimen, housed in small acrylic museum box
Ruby and Sapphire are both corundum, when red (caused by chromium) it is called ruby. Ruby has been the world's most valued gemstone for thousands of years. Ruby was said to be the most precious of the twelve stones God created when he created all things and this "lord of gems" was placed on Aaron's neck by God's command. The bible says that wisdom is "more precious than rubies," that is to say very valuable indeed. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, ruby is called ratnaraj, or "king of precious stones" and ratnanayaka, "leader of precious stones." A
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