How Much Is My Ruby Worth? Color

How Much Is My Ruby Worth? Color


What is a ruby?


Ruby is the most valuable variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes sapphire. Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. This makes ruby one of the most important gems in the colored stone market.


Your ruby could be sitting in an heirloom ring or an anniversary necklace, or you can have a matching pair set in beautiful earrings.


The value of the ruby is based on a few different traits and each trait will have an impact on its monetary value.


The 5 main traits are:


The origin of the ruby. The color of the ruby. The size of the ruby. The treatment of the ruby. The clarity of the ruby.


In this article, we will discuss why the color of your ruby is so important to the value.



Color is king when it comes to the price factor of a ruby gemstone. The most valuable color of a ruby is a pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red color. Pure red commands the highest prices and rubies with overtones of orange and purple are less valuable. The color of the ruby also has to do with the light retention, the ruby can not be too dark or too light. If the ruby is too dark, it will appear to lack the brightness that people really covet. On the other end of the spectrum, if it is too light the ruby might look pinkish.



The most famous ruby color is “Pigeon Blood.” Pigeon Blood is mostly associated with Burmese rubies and those are some of the most sought-after rubies as previously discussed in my article on ruby origin. If the ruby is too light and pinkish then the ruby is no longer a ruby, but rather a pink sapphire. Understanding the color of the ruby helps to evaluate if one, the gemstone is considered a ruby and two, what the quality of the color is.


The most important thing is to have a graduate gemologist evaluate the stone and then have it sent to a gemological laboratory to have its color officially graded.


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