The Ruby~~Because of their rarity, beauty, hardness and the rich folklore that surround them, people of all cultures throughout the ages have sought and treasured certain precious gemstones. Large, naturally occurring gemstones are extremely rare. The larger the gemstone, the more expensive it is. Of all the precious gems known to Man, the ruby is perhaps the most desired because of its fiery red color, brilliance, and rarity. Known as the “Lord of Gemstones” in ancient India, it is second to the diamond in terms of hardness, yet it has been valued and desired a lot more in the olden days than the diamond...ravishing !