Ruby Characteristic Physical Properties
3.95-4.1 Typical: 4
This stone has type II clarity. Sometimes rubies have silk, rutile, boehmite, apatite, calcite or zircon crystals, fingerprint and negative crystal inclusions. Some stones show hexagonal growth and color zoning. Untreated stones will usually have inclusions intact. Heat treated stones will have fracture halos, discoid fractures or snowballs around crystal inclusions (untreated stones from magmatic areas might also show these characteristics). Silk will be broken and might show sintered areas especially around the girdle.
Conchoidal To Uneven
None; May Show Parting On Twinned Stones