here is no coloured gemstone that fuels passion more than a ruby,” says author and jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy, who recently penned Ruby, a book commissioned by leading coloured gemstones supplier Gemfields. In this ambitious project, Hardy takes readers on a journey from the ancient mines of Burma, along the harsh terrain of the silk trading routes of China, to the most exciting recent ruby deposit discovered in Mozambique.
She examines the extraordinary, ancient cutting and polishing techniques, before leading readers to historical courts and palaces where rubies have been sourced and bought from intrepid gemstone dealers by royalty, dignitaries and the social elite throughout history.
During a stop in Hong Kong to launch Ruby, we take the opportunity to talk to Hardy to learn more about this magnificent red stone.
Where are the main sources of rubies? Mozambique has one of the main deposits, which was discovered less than a decade ago. Mogok and Mong Hsu in Myanmar are still yielding rubies, as well as some other