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The Largest Ruby in the World.

" I had an opportunity a day or two ago of examining a wonderful ruby which a well-known Bond street jeweller has on view," writes the London correspondent of the ' Birmingham Gazette.' " Quite a romantic history is attached to the discovery of the stone, which lay hidden for a prodigious number of years among the household gods of a Burmese potentate, who was, however, sufficiently alive to the exigencies and shifts of modern tastes to put an enormous price upon his treasure. He is quite right, of course, for the stone is said to be in many respects the most important ruby in the world. In its present condition, it measures an inch in length and three-quarters of an inch in width, and weighs twenty-four caiats. Before it passed through the lapidary's hands, it was very much larger, and it was with something of a pang that orders were given for its reduction in weight. As it is, it remains one of the largest rubies in the world, and in respect of brilliancy and purity of color it is almost matchless."

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The Largest Ruby in the World., Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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The Largest Ruby in the World. Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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