Name a classic gemstone used in jewellery throughout history — what about the ever-timeless and beautiful ruby? This gorgeous intense red-colored gemstone is ideal for pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and any other piece of fine precious metal jewellery. A ruby is valued for its intense and unique red hue, which no other gem possesses. The most valuable kind of ruby is the “pigeon blood” red colored ruby. A natural ruby in this vivid hue is a close rival to the forever popular diamond. For those who have a certain passion for non-tradition, this beautiful scarlet gem is a fantastic choice for use in engagement rings and wedding band. On the Mohs’ scale, with a hardness score of 9.0, this gem is just 1 point shy of the diamond, which rates highest with a score of 10. So what does that mean exactly? Simply put, not only is the ruby a stunning gem, it also stands up to the test of wear and tear over time with endurance and integrity. There is a certain secret to these beautiful scarlet gems. What some people aren’t aware of is that these gemstones are very closely related to another classic and beautiful gem – the Sapphire. So, how close is close? Well, if it weren’t for the traces of the element chromium, which causes the beautiful red hue in the ruby, the gem would actually be classified as a sapphire. Talk about a gorgeous corundum family of color! So, if you share our passion for rubies and unique custom made jewellery, visit our Vancouver design studio and retail store location in the heart of Yaletown and experience what Era Design has to offer.