Precious Gems • Precious= valuable, highly esteemed, cherished • Rare: most are found in Mogok, Sri Lanka, a small island in Southeast Asia. Ruby mines cover about 400 square miles, but only about 70 actually bear gems. • Even in the ruby capital of the world rubies are extremely rare.
Corundum • Rubies are made from a mineral called corundum—so are sapphires. Sapphires are also precious gems, but are blue. • Slightly different amounts of corundum determine whether the stone will be red or blue. • “A ruby is not a ruby by chance, but destined to become one.”
Chromium • Chromium: the element from which a ruby attains its deep red color • Also called Pigeon’s Blood • More chromium=more/deeper red=more valuable • Chromium causes cracks/fissures to form inside the stone, which breaks and devalues the ruby • Delicate balance between having just the right amount of chromium to create the best color and having too much; causing breaks and cracks.
“The most precious jewels are not made of stone, but of flesh.” –Robert Ludlum • The work and glory of God is to bring to pass the eternal life and immortality of man. Moses 1:39 • The worth of souls is great in the sight of God. D&C 18:10 • Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Luke 12:7
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Proverbs 3:15