A Price above Rubies! Okay, first things first! The color of a Ruby is the most important feature of this King of Gemstones! Not transparency! Rubies come in so many variations of red that we simply say - pick the Ruby Red that most appeals to you!
When it comes to choosing a Ruby, go with what shade of red which will most enhance your skin tone, lipstick shade and hair color! Sounds a bit like a Ruby & Fashion Guide but, let's face it! When you pick a gemstone go for the color that best suits your color tone. (and even what you wear). Ask yourself this question, "Am I enhancing my appearance with a gemstone or is the gemstone enhancing me". Remember, this is all about YOU!
Back to Rubies...
Inclusions in a Ruby should not make a difference, unless they are are so many inclusions that the Ruby loses its transparency. If you buy a Ruby with no inclusions then it may be a lab created gemstone! All rubies should have some small inclusions. Think of inclusions in a Ruby as the DNA of the gemstone.
Remember, a perfect ruby is highly prized and hard to find. If you find a perfect ruby for sale at an unbelievable low, low price then request an independent third party appraisal before moving forward with the sale.
Rubies come from all over the world and the origin of a ruby can be known from its geographical location (its birth place). A Ruby been touted as "Burmese" may be from the famous Mogok Stone Tract. However, when someone describes a Ruby as Burmese in color, this does not necessarily mean it came from the Mogok Stone Tract, it means it has a color similiar to the Rubies found in that location.
Gemstones do not come with a Passport - so whenever anyone claims the exact origin of a gemstone - ask for absolute proof (especially if you're spending thousands of dollars!)
Rubies found in Viet Nam may dislay a purplish hue, while Rubies found in East Africa have some gorgeous colors which range from light to dark red.
Again, your best bet in buying a Ruby is to pick a color which appeals to you! Don't forget that people are selling Declasse Rubies (read our Emerald Buying Guide for more information on Declasse - Promotional Stones). Declasse Rubies will have NO transparency, looked matted and be absolutey lifeless!
Other guides relating to jewelry and gemstone buying which you may find helpful are as follows: