Expect to Pay
Much More in a store setting, IF you can even find the
size, quality, color, clarity and cutting!
(This is where it benefits individuals or the trade to deal directly with a company/individual with more than 35 years in the gemstone trade. All That Glitters' L. Allen Brown deals directly wiith associates living in other countries and travels in person around the world to make these direct purchases. Many times this includes purchasing the rough gemstones and faceting the gemstones using gemstones cutters in the United States! There is no substitute for experience and knowledge learned in the field...)
Import History of Burmese Rubies:
The U.S. government banned the import of rubies as well as Imperial Jade from Myanmar (Burma) in 2003 as part of sanctions against the country's ruling military. A loophole permitted the purchase of gems originating in Myanmar as long as they are worked/cut/faceted/polished in third countries such as India or Thailand. The import therefore allowed rubies mined in Myanmar and imported to the U.S. so long as they were cut and polished in another country. This loophole was closed in 2008, and the ban on rubies and jade was lifted entirely in 2016.
Burmese Rubys are known around the world and some consider them to be the finest available.
The owner of All That Glitters was looking for these gemstones while in Thailand, on the Burmese Border as well as in Burma, but the problem was that there were only a few Rubys that met the criteria for placement into the All That Glitters inventory: Great Color, Decent Clarity and Cutting and also very important, Price. Very few pieces met this criteria, though we were prepared to purchase what we could. Hopes were high but were dashed due to the availability of this rare commodity...
Burmese Rubys setting new
auction records include:
in 2015, the Sunrise Ruby became the world's most expensive coloured gemstone, selling for $30M at auction. It was sold in Switzerland to an unnamed buyer, and becomes the most expensive gem which is not a diamond.
2006 saw a new record of $3.6 Million Dollars for a 8.62ct Burmese Ruby.
In 2010, a 8.66ct sold for $2.1 Million Dollars.
And there are currently many more examples!
The Red of Ruby as well as the color change of Alexandrite is very difficult to capture what the eye sees vs. what the camera captures. The true colors of rich ruby, as many of these are, just do not photograph well. The recently photographed Rubies described as Purplish Red are even more difficult to photograph and the existing photos posted here we feel are not good representatives of the true colors. All of these Rubies are higher end fine quality pieces and well priced. We offer our 10 Day Satisfaction Guarantee - so if you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the item for a full refund less the cost of shipping/insurance and other fees that might have been incurred. We have a wonderful sales record with only a handful of returns in 35+ years, and most of these are all due to unusual circumstances, and a few where people were trying to match colors to existing gems (which is one of the most difficult things to do...).
|2.16ct Ruby with GIA Cert|
|2.16ct Oval Ruby hailing from Ceylon, the land of Corundum. The area is specifically Nivitigala. A deep red with magenta overtones depending on the lights. A very clean stone, very decent cut, brilliant. Not the best photo. We have attempted to recreate the color the eye sees, but Ruby is one of the most difficult gemstones to truly capture the color via photography. This was heated the old fashioned way with hot embers from coconut shells and long blow pipes. It is a low heat method vs. the typical way it is usually done. The photos of the GIA shows more purple, but it depends on the lights, as under incandescent light, it is what one expects from a fine Ruby - Ruby Red! Information from GIA: Natural Ruby, Heated, Purplish Red 8.20x5.90x5.07mm (dbg-13-01) $15,768|
|View GIA Cert|
|1.07ct Oval Burmese Ruby. Great piece. Mostly clean as you can see from the photo. Color is a great Ruby Red. Certified - evidence of Heat, from both GIA as well as another lab; origin determined to be Burma on the GIA Cert. This is a fine example of Ruby and one would be hard pressed to find such a Ruby in any stores except those carrying high end fine gemstones. Color reproduction of red is difficult and we have had difficulty photographing all of our Rubies. We do guarantee that the color is extremely fine! (Approx 6.58x5.21x3.36mm) (svd-07-05) $6,300 (Currently at or below wholesale)|
|View GIA Cert|
|View Original Cert|
|A very nice Ruby Red 1.71ct Ruby. Under the right lights, one can see some silk which is typical of corundum (Sapphire and Ruby). Though a dealer who sells Rubys thought this looked like a Burmese Ruby, it actually is said to be from Mozambique, as noted on the cert from GIA. (minco-12-01) $9,750|
|This is also another incredible
Burmese Ruby, a color
that one seeks, similar to the above gemstones, but
this has more inclusions. There is a void on the
pavillion (which is very common in Ruby of value as
they facet the largest gem they can) and one plus
to this is that it wasn't filled accidently during
the heating process. This is a large 2.02ct, of very good
color and it looks wonderful under incandescent
lights - those lights that Ruby looks best in due
to the Chromium content of fine gems. This is one
of those gemstones that people seek out - we got a
great price on it, and we will be selling it at a
great price too as we always attempt to do! This
will look super in a ring and it just glows. For
someone desiring a nice looking Ruby, in a large
size with good color and at a great price - look no
further. Color reproduction of red is difficult and
we have had difficulty photographing all of our
Rubies. We do guarantee that the color is extremely
(Approx 7.2x6.2x4.8mm) (svd-07-03) $15,150 (Currently at or below wholesale)
|View GIA Cert|
|Tucson 2011 Update on Prices: We saw a few Burmese Rubies, just over 2cts, good color and heated. Our wholesale cost was from the NY dealer was $6,000/ct and the Russian business was asking $17,500/ct. Fine Rubys Continue to Rise in Price...!|
|A very large Burmese Certed Ruby of
Fine Color - 2.02ct! Color is a great Ruby Red,
though the cert indicates a Pink Red. After seeing
some of their color descriptions of Spessartite,
Rhodolite and other gemstones certed by this lab, we
are not concerned that they used the term Pink!
Certified - evidence of Heat but no evidence of
fillers (which is rare). This is a fine example of
Ruby and one would be hard pressed to find such a
Ruby in any stores except those carrying high end
fine gemstones. This is a gemstone that we would have
offered to Tiffanys and a few other stores, but they
are currently not purchasing any material with the
name Burma associated with it. Many gemstones come
across the border illegally and by-pass the
government. These gemstones therefore do not put
money in to the pockets of a repressive government,
but help those individuals who mine the material and
are lucky enough to find and sell gemstones such as
this. Our Burmese Rubys were purchased prior to the
US Embargo on Bumerse Rubys. Color reproduction of
red is difficult and we have had difficulty
photographing all of our Rubies. We do guarantee that
the color is extremely fine! (Approx
7.54X6.28X4.86mm) (svd-07-02) $19,190 (Currently at
or below wholesale)
Fine Rubys Continue to Rise in Price...!
|View GIA Cert|
|Certified 2.04ct Burmese Ruby. Color is a great Ruby Red, though the original cert indicates a Pink Red. After seeing some of their color descriptions of Spessartite, Rhodolite and other gemstones certed by this lab, we are not concerted that they used the term Pink! Certified - evidence of Heat. This is a fine example of Ruby and one would be hard pressed to find such a Ruby in any stores except those carrying high end fine gemstones. This is a gemstone that we would have offered to Tiffanys and a few other stores, but they are currently not purchasing any material with the name Burma associated with it. Many gemstones come across the border illegally and by-pass the government. These gemstones therefore do not put money in to the pockets of a repressive government, but help those individuals who mine the material and are lucky enough to find and sell gemstones such as this. Our Burmese Rubys were purchased prior to the US Embargo on Bumerse Rubys. Color reproduction of red is difficult and we have had difficulty photographing all of our Rubies. We do guarantee that the color is extremely fine! (Approx 7.12x6.17x5.23mm) (svd-07-01) $19,380 (Currently at or below wholesale) Fine Rubys Continue to Rise in Price...!|
|View GIA Cert|
|View Original Cert|
|3.03ct Oval Ruby from Winza, Heated. Super piece
because of the size. Top photo is really a bad one,
but hard to capture the real color and life of the
gemstone. We have taken a 2nd photo of this important
gemstone. In looking at an old 2010 The Guide
Wholesale Price List, we are certainly below
wholesale and prices are WAY UP since 2010. Have seen
a 3.59ct on the market from some of our associates
that we can offer for $107,700(2013)and at todays prices, that is still a good
buy. (neecb-11-01) $59,995
|View GIA Cert|
|View Original Cert|
|Neon Screaming Pinkish Red Ruby weighing 1.97ct . Recut by our Master Cutter (Stephen Kotlowski) from a 2.50ct original gemstone. This is a certed Ruby - see the link below. It is heated and some of the powder surrounding the gem during the heating process was originally to be found on the surface in an insignificant amount. With the recutting, this would have been removed. (egaj-11-63) $13,199 View Original Cert|
|A - 1.00ct Squarish Cushion Shaped Ruby, UNHEATED, from Winza (neecb-11-04) $4,950 View Cert|
|B - 1.01ct Pear Shaped Ruby,
UNHEATED, from Winza (Fibers from polishing cloth can
be seen on the surface) (neecb-11-02) $5,000
|1.10ct Oval Ruby, UNHEATED (vpgem-11-03) $6,355 View Cert|
|1.54ct Pear Shaped Ruby from Mozambique. Certed as having been heated with insignificant residue, which means that there are some surface marks that got filled in with some of the material (borax?) that is used to surround the gemstone when heated. This is not meant to deceive as glass filling, but just a by product of heating at times if there are any voids, scratches on the surface of the gem when heated. Not the best photo as we shot it slightly off angle - so the gemstone is properly cut and not skewed as shown in the photo! (kjcl-11-12) $7,700 View Cert|
|1.24ct Deep Pinish Red Sq Cushion - Ruby. This beauty is like a glowing ember of a fire... Not a great photo. UNHEATED and Certed. 5.91x5.21x4.39mm (blgj-05-04) $6,820|
Not often seen, here is an unheated 1.18ct Ruby. The
Winza Ruby coming out of Africa, is one of the few
locations in the world that currently is being mined
and 'may' not be heated. Most corundum (Sapphire and
Ruby), is typcially heated as is pretty much 99% of
Aquamarine and Tanzanite and many colors of
Tourmaline are heated too. Other countries produce
Ruby that may not require heating, but Winza is
producing more of this material. As you can see from
the cert, it is described as a purplish red, typical
to have some sort of modifier associated with red in
Ruby (note the certs from the same lab for our
Burmese Rubies!). Under fluorescent lights, you can
see slightly more purple, but under incandescent
(which is best for Ruby), it is more of a pure red.
Fine Rubys Continue to Rise in Price...!
To have a nicely colored, mostly clean Ruby is a real treat if it hasn't experience heat!
Approx 6.35X4.96X4.16mm (estrne-11-01) $5,195 View Cert
A 2.14ct Fine Deep Red Ruby - photo does not do it
justice. We have found that obtaining accurate
colors of Ruby, Alexandrite and a few other
gemstones is very difficult. Where else can you
find this size, clarity, polish, sparkle, cutting,
etc for under $10,000/ct ? Just finding the store
that carries this quality is difficult, and we only
know of two of the big names where you might find
something similar... A well known local
appraiser/gemologist and the owner of All That
Glitters sat down to discuss a number of fine
gemstones in the All That Glitters inventory; this
being one of them. This Ruby POPS under
incandescent light and is more subdued under
fluorescent, which is what one would expect for
Approx 7.7x6.3x5.0mm (dbg-10-01) $15,622
View the AGL Cert.
(Currently at or below wholesale)
|An incredible literally GLOWING 1.88ct Red Ruby (with a hint of orange) from Madagascar. An ABSOLUTE BEAUTY! This is a super price for the size, clarity and color. We feel that this is below retail pricing assuming something of this quality can be found - never mind that it represents Ruby in a book on gemstones! IF we could find this materail, we would purchase it all day long - this color is super and doesn't get better. (awa-08-03) $15,980|
|2.14ct Star Corundum, purchased as a Star Ruby and would be considered a Ruby in Europe as well as other places in the world. In the Gemstone Profile of Modern Jewelers Magazine, the photographed Star Ruby has a similar color as the one above. We are calling it Star Corundum and the new owner can decide whether they want to call it Star Ruby or Star Sapphire. Whatever one calls it, the star is really strong, has a good 6-ray star and is a fine example of a natural star. (minco-08-01) $2,782|
|0.49ct Certed Ruby (mcm-96-03) - $1,079|
|Though a very fine Ruby and a nice red, unfortunately this is not a very good representative photo of this gem as red is difficult to capture in photos. This can also be said of most of our photographed Rubys - almost impossible to capture via a camera/photo what the eye sees.|
|Certified as Purplish Red Ruby, this material is from Africa and is certed as having NO evidence of heat, which is quite rare today. There are many pairs of matched rounds and ovals here. The average weight is about 32pts each. Price per carat is $750, therefore an average matched pair would run about $480. Good matched pairs in Ruby are very difficult to find. This material is a nice rich red under incandescent lights, well cut, clean, NO Heat and are super all around! Photographed under fluorescent lights. (vpng-07-5p) (The wholesale price from a West Coast company, whose matched pairs are not as well cut as ours and theirs is heated, is over our currently asking price. Expect retail prices to be approximately double.)|
|We have sorted this out and matched them as best
as possible. They have a really fine ruby red color
under incandescent, which is where Ruby should be
viewed. (Sapphire looks better under fluorescent -
the Chromium within the Ruby "pops" under
incandescent. We have the following pairs available - total carat weight displayed:
Oval 0.60 SOLD!
Oval 1.15 SOLD!
|Comments from two of our customers who bought a pair of these Rubies!
1.) Was able to get out early and dash to post office in time to pick up the package....Wow when I could get home to examine... I thought they were just stunning....the color and flash just beautiful...and even under a loop with only little light....it had flashes of red colored fire..just amazing..so short of it absolutely keeping them...
2.) Beautiful stones for their size. Thank you! I will definitely be back for more of this or your other beauties later...am really glad I found your website.
Glass Filled Ruby Discussions - March 2010 Major
Chain Selling Without Disclosure
Learn More - Glass Filled Ruby Article
Many companies may have treated their Rubies
with fillers or have even used a technique called
treatment (usually with Beryllium), which adds
un-natural color to obtain a better looking Ruby and
increase the final price to the consumer. All That Glitters
avoids this treatment and will disclose if this process has
been performed. This treatment may be acceptable in the
market in the future, but it should certainly be disclosed
and the price should be adjusted accordlingly. Refer to the
following link to learn more:
Caveat Emptor - Buyer Beware
Note: Magnification and bright lighting is required to photograph gemstones. Some inclusions may be visible under these circumstances. You are viewing photographs as if you were using a loupe or microscope - not your unaided eye. Under normal conditions, these inclusions may not be visible.
Not responsible for mismatches of prices, photos, stocknumbers, etc.
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