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Why is ruby red?

Ruby is named from the Latin word "Rubrum", which means red. Rubies and sapphires originate from the mineral Corundum. Rubies appear red in colour due to the impurity Chromium, which is found naturally throughout the stone. Stones vary in hue, with deeper reds and violet hues present in rubies found in Thailand, and pinkish red hues present in rubies mined in Burma.

The vivid red tones found in rubies have long characterised them as some of the most beautiful gemstones in existence, and through centuries the ruby has come to epitomise power, protection and elegance.

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