Fire engine red has always been the colour of passionate love. Rubies tantallize the senses, stir the imagination and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love.

Ruby is a special variety of the mineral corundum, like sapphire. It is harder than any natural gem except diamond, which means a ruby is durable enough for everyday wear. Fine-quality ruby is extremely rare, and the color of the gem is most important to its value. The finest color is a medium or medium dark vivid red, or a slightly purplish red. If the gem is too light, or has too much purple or orange, it will merely be called a fancy-color sapphire

Rubies have always commanded the highest prices for a colored gem, but if red is your color and you are budget-minded, you have numerous alternatives. Spinel, tourmaline, almandite, pyrope or rhodolite garnets, all have fascinating hues to illuminate fire and passion.