Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus Gemfields -

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

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