Thursday, July 16, 2009

ruby baby

Come on, baby, light my fire,
Try to set the night on fire


Inspired by the ring of Fire worn by Gandalf this ring bears a ruby. I choose a beautiful rough ruby, red with a hint of blue, a coloration known as pigeon blood, the mostly valued rubies. Found only in Burmese rubies from Myanmar.

The ruby is considered to be the most powerful gem in the universe. A symbol of friendship and love, the ruby is also the symbol of vitality and royalty.

Because of acts of great cruelty committed by the Burmese junta, human right advocates succeeded to influence US legislation to implement severe import restrictions of Burmese rubies. Only rough rubies can enter the US, cutting off a major source of income for the junta, unlike the more affordable rough ruby stone, polished pigeon blood colored rubies command prices of up to $20,000/carat. Despite legislation, illegal trade of polished Burmese rubies into China and Thailand netted almost US $300, 000 for the junta in 2007 (

I added an emerald, the stone of the goddess Venus, for faith and hope.

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