When it comes to popular non-diamond engagement rings, rubies are right up there along with sapphires. Luxurious and vibrant, the fiery red tones of rubies are instantly recognisable and make a striking impression. Rubies from Diamond Boutique not only boast lavish warm tones but twinkle with absolute clarity. Read on to find out about the origins of our wondrous rubies. Burma First up Burma, also known as Myanmar. If the land of Burma could speak it would boast about a history of more than 2.5 thousand years old! People call Myanmar “The Land of Pagodas” which translates to temples. When visiting be sure to stop by Bagan, home to 2000 beautiful temples that date back to 1300. Mines in Burma have yielded some of the worlds most beautiful and well-known rubies. The Mogok Valleys remain the world’s primary source of rubies for over 800 years! Burmese Rubies are renowned for their rich saturated colour, commonly known as “pigeons blood”. There is no such thing as a naturally perfect ruby, but Burmese rubies come very close. Interesting Fact: Whilst travelling in Myanmar, we found out that around 90% of Myanmar nationals do not have a surname or family name. The Burmese system does not require a surname and people are allowed to change their name whenever they want, with no government oversight. Click here to view our best selling ring featuring an array of Burmese Rubies. Mozambique Next stop, Mozambique. A go to destination for adventurous holidaymakers, after all half the population is under 17 years old! This African country is proudly home to one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines; beaches with shimmering turquoise waters and colourful sea life are the heart of Mozambique. Rubies have been mined in Mozambique since the Portuguese colonial era in 1498! However the recent discovery of ruby deposits in the Niassa and Cabo province caused quite a stir, attracting miners from around the world. Rubies from Mozambique are now recognised for their unparalleled large size, fine clarity and stunning vivid-red appearance. Interesting Fact: Gemfields recently announced the finding of a 40.23ct rough ruby from its deposit in Mozambique. This impressive ruby is expected to be up for auction soon, we’re very excited to see if it tops the world record as the most expensive ruby. Click here to view our best selling ring showcasing a Ruby from Mozambique. Thailand Last stop Thailand. The world’s most visited city, destination to over 6 million tourists every year! If you’re planning a holiday to Thailand be sure to slip in a trip to Railay, a gorgeous rock-climbing destination with over 700 rock-climbing routes and several stunning beaches. Thai rubies are becoming increasingly popular, recognised by their excellent clarity. The centre of Thai ruby trade is the Chanthaburi Province, where rubies of excellent clarity have been sourced since the 15th century! Thai rubies are famous for being resolutely red. They have a consistent depth of colour, and can often be cut in fancy shapes, like marquise shapes and emerald cuts. Interesting Fact: During our trips to Thailand we learnt that the full name of Bangkok is: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. With a staggering 126 characters, this is the largest name for a city in the world. Click here to view our best selling drop earrings featuring Thai Rubies. At Diamond Boutique, we travel around the world and recognise the uniqueness of each ruby we source. Our ruby rings, earrings and pendants are designed to truly bring out the beauty of each stone. Like all other gemstones we offer, our rubies are ethically sourced and carefully selected from their respective origins.