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The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Ruby

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A gem which in value and hardness ranks next to the diamond; is dichroic, of greater specific gravity than any other gem, and belongs to the hexagonal system of crystals; is a pellucid, ruddy-tinted stone, and, like the sapphire, a variety of corundum, also found (but rarely) in violet, pink, and purple tints; the finest specimens come from Upper Burmah; these are the true Oriental rubies, and when above 5 carats exceed in value, weight for weight, diamonds; the Spinel ruby is the commoner jeweller's stone; is of much less value, specific gravity and hardness, non-dichroic, and forms a cubical crystal.

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Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Ruby'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/r/ruby.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.

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