The Ideal Ruby
Of all the countries in Asia, it is perhaps Burma that has the most valuable gem deposits. So unique are the quality elements exhibited by the rubies found here that it has emerged as the standard by which other stones are judged.
Rubies from Burma are therefore the most treasured in the world. Those over 5 carats, and in particular, ones that have not undergone any thermal enhancement are exceedingly rare. This is mainly because the famous mines of the Mogok Stone Tract are yielding fewer and fewer stones of an important size. It is also because the market has seen a diminishing number of antique ruby jewelry and old Burmese gems appearing for sale.
The 8.01 carat Burmese ruby offered for sale exhibits all the qualities characteristic in the ideal gem. It displays a pigeon-blood red color typical of old Burmese material and a strong fluorescence which makes the stone "come alive" and appear internally illuminated. In addition to this, it possesses a flawless clarity that is near impossible in stones of this size and its cut, shape and size also make it a perfect gem in every respect.
To say that this ruby is worthy of a king would be no exaggeration. Until the middle of the 19th century, only the Sovereign of Burma or an individual deemed worthy by him would have been allowed the privilege of possessing such a magnificent gemstone. It is truly a ruby of world importance.
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