Gemstone Review – Mysore Ruby – A Cutter’s Perspective – ruby gemstone price

Gemstone Review – Mysore Ruby – A Cutter’s Perspective – ruby gemstone price
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Rubies undoubtedly are Scarce these Days. The Legendary Burmese Rubies, Faceted, Cabs, Beads, Faceted Beads, Calibrated, Free Size, Large ones, Small ones, Transparent, Translucent, Opaque and so on were plenty just about 3 Decades ago. The present scenario, Madagascar, Kenyan, Nepali, African, Vietnamese, Kampuchean, Laos, Thai, Srilankan and lastly but not the least, Mysore (Indian). There is much scope to take on all the different varieties; however this article is deliberately focused on Mysore Rubies only, not the Rubies from Orissa-India.

Mysore Rubies entered the Gemstone arena just recently, a few years back. It was more of a Geological find rather than a Gemstone bomb. There were reports of a hard pinkish brown stone emerging from the fields that were being tilled. The Geological Survey of India (GSI) confirmed the reports, and that was it. It was just recently that Gemstone: “Manufacturers” took notice and attempted to cut them in a professional fashion. It is pretty unfortunate that these rubies turned out to be the Brownish Translucent to opaque varieties. There was a lot of silk and so less transparency. However there were those which had silk and color that produced excellent Star Varieties. These varieties started fetching handsome price, for roughs as well. By and large it is accepted in the Gem cutters parlance, that Ruby and Safire are always present together. When the Blue color dominates it is called Blue Safire, similarly if the red color dominates it is then called Ruby. In case they are present in equal percentage they then form the Color Change Safire. The UV Light test seemed to substantiate the belief. However the Brownish variety was cursed, when cut they possessed a Dull, Flat, Brownish Red, color and Largely Opaque. That was terrible news.

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On a reasonably spirited field research, it was discovered that there are many varieties of the Ruby Roughs emerging from the Fields. All was not lost. A good number of samples from various pockets were turning out to be good, sometimes even excellent. That included Facet Grade as well. There were now all kinds, Opaque, Transparent, Translucent, Brownish Red, Transparent to Translucent Purplish Pink, Cab Varieties, Facet Grade, Beads kind, Large over 100gm sizes, small under.5 gm sizes, Pale Pinks, Deep Purplish Pinks, some with zoesite cover.

On cutting some were found to have black-spots even patches on the Purplish pink base color. I myself have cut a Transparent to Translucent 6 carat Cab (Oval) I priced it at $300/Carat and sold it too. I am told the star varieties are about $ 50-70/carat Range. As for availability, let’s say plenty to come. Some Ruby Cutters swear that Rubies Polished on Sandalwood laps are unbeatable in Finishing. That would cause no sweat because the rubies are found in the Sandalwood forests of Karnataka, Mysore.

I would like to humbly state that I am attempting to set up a small research in the area of Mysore Ruby Cutting (Cabs Initially) and will publish as soon as I find some results sufficient enough to declare.

– Mysore Ruby – A Cutter’s Perspective


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