Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Substitute of Ruby: Spinal and Rubilite

Ruby is a rare and costly stone. It is very difficult to find fine quality ruby above 3-4 carats. Indian astrologers prescribe ruby for astrological purposes regularly. Hence, people look for substitutes. Spinal was considered as substitute of ruby since time immemorial. In fact spinals are found with rubies in Burma.  Spinals are cheaper than rubies hence, used as substitute.

There is a new addition to its substitute that is rubilite. Color of rubilite resembles that of Burmese ruby. However, it belong to tourmaline group. It has very pleasant bright red or deep pink color. It is a semi precious stone and price of rubilite is much lesser than ruby.

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