• August 20, 2021 12:17 pm
  • North America
This truly regal ruby, whose name literally means “King of Rubies” in Sanskrit, was deemed the world’s largest ruby and the world’s largest star ruby at the time of its unveiling in 1986 and is still considered one of the world’s largest rubies today. Furthermore, this ruby is believed to have a six-ray star pattern (known as asterism) unlike any the world has ever seen due to its semi-translucent, opaque nature rutile fibers, and cabochon cut.

The Rajaratna Ruby’s story dates as far back as the Medieval Era, with its first known owners, the Kings of Vijayanagar—a prosperous South Indian Empire. The infamous Rajaratna Ruby is rumored to have originated in one of India’s two well-known ruby and sapphire regions at the time—Kalinga (Northeastern India) and Kalpur (Central India), or the Mogok region of Burma—a region synonymous with rough rubies of remarkable size.

Regardless of its origin, the Kings of Vijayanagar dedicated the Rajaratna Ruby to worship the God Shiva—transforming this regal wonder into a Shaligram. After the defeat of the Vijayanagar Empire and subsequent destruction of the empire’s capital city of Hampi in 1565, the Rajaratna Ruby was claimed by ancestors of G Vidayaraj, which was then passed down to G Vidayaraj’s father and finally G Vidayaraj himself.

Upon inheriting this ancient gemstone, G Vidayaraj locked the Rajaratna Ruby, (in addition to a select collection of rubies) in a cupboard in his house. These colossal gemstones went untouched for a number of years until one day he decided that he wanted to learn more about these sacred heirlooms sitting in his dusty cupboard. To investigate, he took a self-study gemology course, and upon inspection, he discovered that these stones were quite valuable!

Shortly after, he began taking these sacred stones one by one to a gemstone professional for cutting and polishing. Over the course of its lifetime, the Rajaratna Ruby alone has been priced for over $200 million—that’s approximately $80,000 per carat! For security purposes, G Vidayaraj’s rubies are all locked away in vaults around the world until he finds buyers for these remarkable gemstones. G Vidayaraj says that he plans to set up a trust fund to help the less fortunate, in addition to a research institute, tasked to find the cure for Aids, Cancer, and other deadly diseases.

There’s no question that this remarkable ruby is truly a natural wonder! Check out The Diamond Diaries for more on the world’s most regal gemstones, courtesy of DC’s Oldest Jeweler.



  • Location : Asia
  • Condition : New


  • One of the most popular traditional jewelry stones, ruby is exceptionally durable. Its colors — always red — can reach vivid levels of saturation. Fine-quality rubies are some of the most expensive gemstones, with record prices over $1,000,000 per carat. However, rubies are also subjected to more treatments than almost any other gem.
  • In 1986, the Rajaratna Ruby value was 1,254,176,210 US.
  • Today, the Ruby 125West, of unknown origin, is considered the world’s largest mineral, weighs 3,700 kilos or 18,696 carats. But the precious Rajaratna Ruby is still esteemed as one of the greatest treasures of humanity.
  • The Rajaratna Ruby fight since 1986, the second place to be the heavier mineral of this gem type with the Chaiyo Ruby, this is very controversial because its origin is not known or if it is indeed real. In total the Rajaratna weighs 2,475 carats that arouse admiration and fascination; but there is no description in the literature of the jewel by the ancestors, the images of the emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya in his daily work shows how the Ruby stands out among the pieces that adorn and enchant in the arrangement he wears around his head.

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