There are plenty of famous rubies around the world that have become well known in pop culture for their size or other attributes. These gems have a unique history and have many mysteries surrounding them that make owning a pair of ruby earrings or other jewelry a beautiful and exciting thing.
One such ruby is the 125 Ruby which is the largest ruby in the world. This gigantic gemstone weighs almost eight and a half pounds and is worth 18,696 carats. Plus, it has a distinctly beautiful red color when placed under ultraviolet light, which gives it an extra special characteristic to set it apart. All in all, the ruby measures 122mm x 112mm x 134mm, making it one hefty gemstone.
Another large red ruby that’s famous for its size and brilliance is Chaiyo Ruby. This ruby is not only huge, weighing about 109,000 carats, but it’s also got a mysterious story surrounding it. Some experts claim that it came from Africa and was first purchased at the Thai-Burmese border, while others claim that it's completely fake. Still, other experts say that it was involved in a huge military heist and was stolen from its original possessor. No matter what its origins really are, the ruby is currently kept safe in the home of its private owner in Laos.
Speaking of crazy theft stories surrounding precious gemstones, another famous ruby is the DeLong Star Ruby. This ruby is a little over 100 carats and currently sits in the Museum of Natural History located in New York City, New York. It has a beautifully sharp red color with a 6-rayed star and its namesake is a woman named Mrs. Edith Haggin de Long who originally purchased the ruby in 1937. Unfortunately, this ruby was stolen during a jewelry heist in 1964. It was stolen along with two other rare and valuable gemstones, but luckily was eventually recovered and is now safely back where it belongs.
The last noteworthy ruby is a gemstone called The Sunrise Ruby and is the most expensive ruby in the world. It's untreated and clocks in at almost 26 carats. It has a gorgeous “pigeon blood red” color which gives it a unique clarity and brilliance and is complemented by its own finely curated shape and cut. It was named after a Sufi poem from the 13th century and is currently selling for over $30 million. It’s not only the most expensive ruby sold at an auction but is also the most expensive all around gemstone ever sold at auction.