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Here are the finest unheated rubies under one carat, small but outstanding, all with full gem-lab reports like the 'big fellows'.

Once upon a time, colored gems under one carat, even rubies, ... read all...

Pigeon blood red true Kashmir ruby FROM Kashmir
Price:
$4,500.00
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0.40 Carat
Pigeon Blood 
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

Unheated ruby-sapphire borderline
Price:
$4,500.00
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0.99 Carat
Traffic-Light-Red
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

 

Unheated ruby-sapphire borderline
Price:
$2,900.00
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0.62 Carat
Deep Rose Red
Medium Dark 75
Very Lightly Included

 

Unheated ruby-sapphire borderline
Price:
$1,900.00
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0.67 Carat
Deep Rose Red-Purple
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

 

Price:
$1,950.00
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0.78 Carat
Deep Purplish Red
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

Neon red Burmese ruby
Price:
$3,750.00
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0.51 Carat
Neon Rose Red 
Medium Dark 70
Free of Inclusions (!)

neon ruby with giant face but no window
Price:
$5,750.00
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1.00 Carat
Neon Pinkish Red
Medium Dark 60
Lightly Included 

Rose purple Tanzanian sapphire
Price:
$675.00
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0.38 Carat
Rose Purple
Medium Dark 70
Free of Inclusions

 

Deep neon pink Burmese sapphire
Price:
$4,950.00
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0.54 Carat
Deep Neon Pink
Medium Dark 65
Free of Inclusions

 

Reg. Price:
$3,200.00
Sale Price:
$1,999.00
Save:
$1,201.00
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0.95 Carat
Rich Reddish Purple
Medium Dark 60
Lightly Included 

Tanzanian Ruby
Price:
$3,800.00
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0.77 Carat
Wild Pink-Red
Medium Dark 65
Lightly Included

Mozambique Ruby
Price:
$3,100.00
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0.64 Carat (hold*)
Neon Red
Medium Dark 65
Lightly Included

Round untreated Mogok Burma Ruby
Price:
$3,600.00
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0.79 Carat (hold*)
Deep Rose Red
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

Neon reddish pink Ceylon sapphire
Price:
$3,900.00
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0.91 Carat
Neon Reddish Pink
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

Price:
$4,500.00
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0.84 Carat
Traffic Light Red
Medium Dark 75
Lightly Included

pair unheated rose red rubies
Price:
$5,500.00
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1.40 Carat (pair)
Deep Rose Red
Medium Dark 70
Lightly Included

heart shaped inclusion in red sapphire
Reg. Price:
$1,900.00
Sale Price:
$999.00
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$901.00
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1.00 Carat
Deep Reddish Purple
Medium Dark 60
Lightly Included

 

natural no heat sapphire yellow gold jewelry
Price:
$999.00
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0.34 Carat
18k Yellow Gold
Rose Purple

 

Lavender purple Ceylon sapphire
Price:
$490.00
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0.20 Carat
Sparkly Lavender Purple
Medium Dark 60
Free of Inclusions

 

small but brilliant unheated red purple sapphire from Tanzania
Price:
$450.00
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0.20 Carat
Reddish Purple
Medium Dark 75
Very Lightly Included

malaya garnet from sri lanka free of treatments, square cushion cut
Price:
$550.00
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0.35 Carat
Deep Pink-Orange 
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

small but shiny unheated red purple rhodolite from Tanzania
Price:
$725.00
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0.44 Carat
Intense Purple-Pink
Medium 50
Very Lightly Included


Here are the finest unheated rubies under one carat, small but outstanding, all with full lab reports like the 'big fellows'.

Once upon a time, colored gems under one carat, even rubies, were considered small fry, mass market, used mostly in calibrated form... but how things have changed!

As small vivid colored diamonds have long cost fortunes (at least the untreated natural ones), so have smaller rubies, alexandrite, blue sapphires, pads and many others gained enough value that the colored gemstone trade has started to abbreviate ‘zero point XY carat’ to ‘XY points’.

A ‘33 points ruby’ is a ‘0.33 carat ruby’ is a ‘third of a carat’. But is it big enough? That, as usual, depends, mostly on the face dimensions. In richly colored varieties, such as ruby or emerald, ‘flat’ gems may easily pass without deplorable windows, but in bright colored types, such as baby pink sapphires or imperial topaz, we need a closed center to show-off all blink without fish-eye-effect. On the other hand, a top brilliancy small face weighs in with high visibility and may overcome low carat weight with sheer fire.

In sub-one-carat gems, the ‘Specific Gravity’ (SG) or density of a gem plays a more important role in so far as we want to squeeze as much visibility out of the limited points we have. Beryls, feldspars (kunzite, hiddenite), opals and sunstones do well here. Unfortunately, in a typical universe twist, these varieties are rarely measured in points since they are naturally found in bigger sizes. So, we end up looking for heavy weights that make a splash even under 100 points. Fine rubies are definitely amongst them. Owning an untreated clean Mogok ruby is an honor in any size.

A final word about testing: Small gems are mostly sold without lab report, the argument being that 33 points do not ‘pay for’ a full lab report. That is only true if you don’t want to pay for it. Many labs have scaled pricelist, with small gems costing less that big ones. Since one must assume the work of testing remains independent of the gem’s size such pricing does not make much sense, but is reality. Obviously, we believe that every unheated ruby deserves to be ID-ed as such. This philosophy meets its lower limit only when size becomes a physical border to testing but thus far we have never encounter a gem that was too small to be tested. 

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