Large Natural African Ruby in Stirling Silver Necklace
Handmade! Ships from Massachusetts!
Here’s a lovely gift idea for someone special!
Beautiful Natural African (Kenya) Ruby that I cut, and had someone set into a sterling silver necklace!
Fun fact about rubies from Kenya:
In the year 1973, American geologists Tim Miller and John Saul discovered ruby in Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park, in the area of Mangari. Although material clean enough to facet was rare, the color of the material was excellent. In the scandal reaching to the highest levels, Kenyan government illegally took control of the mines. The mines were eventually restored to their rightful owner, and today the so called John Saul mine continues to produce good cabochon-grade material, along with some faceted stones like this one.
Ruby is red variety of the mineral corundum. The color comes from traces of chromium. All other color varieties of corundum are referred to as sapphire. Depending on the chromium and iron content, rubies have a color range that includes pinkish, purplish, orangey, and brownish reds. The trace mineral content tends to vary with the location of the geologic formation which produced the ruby. This is why terms like “Burmese” (Myanmar) or “Thai” (Thailand) are sometimes used to describe the color of stones from those locations. (However, color is not always an indication of origin).