Burmese Ruby

5 Things You Need To Know About Burmese Ruby Gemstones


Ruby gemstone is one of the most prized gemstones and the rarest on the market. Long considered the King of the Ruby, Burmese rubies are still considered the most beautiful production of beautiful crystal clear red ruby stone.

Burmese ruby gemstone has an almost mystical appeal to them. Burma rubies are prized for their beauty, durability, and rarity; it is the quality of the color which most determines the value of rubies.

The Burma Ruby today has become a collectible and an antique asset that is passed on from one generation to another.

Rough Burmese Ruby


5 Important Things You Should Know About Burmese Ruby Gemstones: 

1. The color of Burmese Ruby stones depends on two factors:

The finest Burmese ruby stone possesses a red to slightly purplish red hue, with vivid saturation and medium-dark tone.

The first factor is a combination of the slightly bluish-red body color of the gemstone and the “purer” red fluorescent emission, which work together to give the gemstone its high-intensity color.

The second is the presence of “silk”–tiny inclusions scatter light onto “facets that would otherwise be extinct,” giving the color softness and greater dispersion across the gem’s face.

The particular combination of “fine color” and the face table material puts Burmese rubies at the top.

2. Burmese Rubies are much younger than the those from East Africa

During certain times in history, the tectonic movement has resulted in large-scale shifts in the Earth’s surface, resulting in the mineral formation and creating regions called organic belts. A lot of the finest ruby mines fall into such zones, according to Hughes’ book.

The Pan-African orogeny happened about 750 to 450 million years ago, the result of which created gem deposits in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and southern India.

There currently is no way out to age-date rubies, Hughes said if we could, it would provide a method for separating Himalayan rubies from those rubies which are sourced in East Africa and Sri Lanka.

3. Burma Ruby gemstones are not leading the high amount of fine quality Rubies

Burma Ruby has always been strong with mining records from Burma dating back almost 500 years.

The best gemstones come from alluvial deposits because millions of years of weathering naturally remove the impure cracked portions, which leaves behind the purest part of the ruby.

No doubt, the Burmese rubies were being exported to other countries but “supply was still not meeting that high demand.”

This means that there is no great supply ready to be sent to the U.S.

4. Burmese rubies can be compared to fine rubies from Mozambique:

While there are a lot of great rubies coming from other sources also.

It was the discovery of the fine stones from Mozambique in the late 2000s that made a great splash in the gemstone world, especially given the ban on Burmese material.

According to gemologist Richard Wise’s “Secrets of the Gem Trade, a presence of iron gives many other sources a slightly brownish hue, the material from Mozambique varies in iron content, so its rubies can have a fluorescence and color hues in similar to the classic colors of Burmese rubies.

This is good for the gemstone industry that there is so little coming out of Myanmar right now, and as Mozambique rubies today make up a large part of rubies on the market.

About 85 percent of the ruby gemstone market today is made up of Mozambique rubies. Mozambique has become particularly important since 2009 when high-quality rubies.

5. The conflict surrounding Burmese rubies has decreased:

The U.S. government specifically targeted the import of gemstones with the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008, noting the human rights violations of the ruling regime and how it was evading sanctions by concealing gemstone origins to continue their export to the U.S.

In October, leaders from the American Gem Trade Association and Jewelers of America took a trip to Myanmar to discuss trade between countries.

The report states that “most of Myanmar’s rubies are in conflict-free zones, except for small deposits in Mongshu in Shan State.”