Ruby gemstones are known for their beauty and the royalty that they bring to the world. For ages, ruby gemstones have made excellent possessions by gem and jewelry lovers. However, the rising popularity of natural ruby stones made its way to the creation of synthetic rubies in laboratories.
Imitations of natural rubies, synthetic ones may look absolutely similar to natural stones, but they don’t carry the same healing and mystical properties as the former stones do.
Let’s try and understand synthetic and natural rubies a little better.
Natural Ruby Stones
When it comes to some of the most expensive gemstones in the world, rubies share the top slots with gemstones like emeralds and sapphires. As a matter of fact, at times, these gemstones surpass all other in terms of price, and even diamonds come at a price lesser than what natural ruby stones command.
In order to improve the color and clarity, some rubies are heat treated too. High-quality rubies are sourced from several countries. Some of the most cherished sources of the Manik Stones are Sri Lanka, Thailand, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, and Vietnam. With a rank of nine on the Mohs scale of hardness, rubies are extremely durable and make a long lasting companion.
Synthetic Ruby Stones
In an attempt to create gemstones that are as beautiful as natural rubies but which come at a cheaper price tag, scientists created synthetic rubies. These gemstones have the same chemical composition as well as the physical properties that natural rubies have.
They look quite similar to the natural rubies but are available for a much lower price. Synthetic rubies also appear much brighter than the natural ones.
How are Synthetic Rubies created?
The production of synthetic rubies started in 1902. The most common methods that created synthetic rubies included flame fusion and flux fusion. In the flame fusion process, rubies are produced in just a few hours by melting raw gem material and then cooling it to recrystallize. In the flux fusion process, rubies are created in several months’ time.
How do natural and synthetic rubies differ in appearance?
When it comes to differentiating the natural rubies and synthetic ones, it requires the knowledge and expertise of an experienced gemologist and the right tools. Often a high-powered microscope is needed to determine if a ruby stone is a natural one or not.
Natural ruby stones come with a few inclusions, while synthetic ruby stones contain tiny gas bubbles, curved striae or lines, which are detectable with a high powered microscope.