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Ruby is thus named because of its red colour, rubeus in Latin. It is the hardest stone after diamond. Rubies are mined around the world throughout Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, India, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. The most important area for rubies is northern Burma, the Mogok Valley. The brightest and most valuable shade of ruby is known as pigeon’s blood. Both cabochon and facetted rubies appear throughout Julia’s collections, their rich warmth often contrasted against the coolness of white diamonds.