end-week post: 10.23ct Cushion-cut Gem Mozambique Ruby

DAVID BIRNBAUM / RARE 1 

SPOTLIGHT:  Focus Jewel of the Week

Centerstone:  Natural Untreated Gem Ruby
Carat/Cut:  10.23ct Oval-cut
Origin: Mozambique
Lab:  GRS Lab-certified
MOHS Hardness:  9
Price: below $600,000-

Yet another gem to add to your collection of winners. This ruby is a little over 10 carats and the shape is a unique elongated cushion-cut that almost looks like an oval. The color and carat weight is nothing like we’ve ever seen in comparison to similar stones and definitely one-of-a-kind!

The color is a magnificent pigeon’s blood red and even shows hints of magenta in different lighting. In a previous post, I talk about how rubies are the red variety of corundum (what sapphires are composed of) and there are many debates between what constitutes a dark pink sapphire vs a ruby.

This stone is magnificently vivid and as true red as they come. It would be very difficult to make the case that this stone is a dark pink sapphire.

The unique elongated cushion shape of the stone allows for a variety of different designs and settings. Sidestones could be added to the centerstone to create a more unique and substantial design. This stone would be suitable as a ring or a beautiful pendant on a necklace.