Rubies have become associated with a host of legends over the centuries. Due to their lush red colour, rubies have always captivated people. They have long been linked with love, passion and desire. Early cultures treasured rubies for their similarity to the redness of the blood that flowed through their veins, and believed that rubies held the power of life. People in India believed that rubies enabled their owners to live in peace with their enemies. The Mogok Valley in Upper Myanmar (Burma) was for centuries the world’s main source for rubies. That region has produced some of the finest rubies ever mined and in ancient times Burmese warriors possessed rubies to make them invincible in battle. Ruby has also always been cherished in the western world and became one of the most sought-after gems of European royalty and the upper classes. Many medieval Europeans wore rubies to guarantee health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love. As one of the world’s most universally recognisable gemstones, it is no surprise that a good quality ruby fetches one of the highest price-per-carat compared to other coloured gemstones. This makes ruby one of the most important gems in the coloured stone market and the desire for ruby is just as great today as it always has been. As a symbol of passion, ruby makes an ideal romantic gift.