balas ruby

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n balas ruby a pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Balas ruby (Min) A variety of spinel ruby, of a pale rose red, or inclining to orange. See Spinel.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bales, balais, F. balais, LL. balascus, fr. Ar. balakhsh, so called from Badakhshan, Balashan, or Balaxiam, a place in the neighborhood of Samarkand, where this ruby is found

Usage

In literature:

Richard II had a coat, valued at thirty thousand marks, which was covered with balas rubies.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
And yet his work stands out from the ruck of the contemporary versifiers as a balas ruby among carrots.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
The fourth, a masculine ruby balas (peach-coloured) amethystizing, its flame and lustre ending in violet or purple like an amethyst.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
About his neck was a baldric of balas rubies, and over his robe he wore the collar of the Order of the Garter.
"Windsor Castle" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The fourth, a masculine ruby balas (peach-coloured) amethystizing, its flame and lustre ending in violet or purple like an amethyst.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
A set of platters was sent from Paris to Richard II., all of gold, with balas rubies, pearls and sapphires set in them.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
True topaz and spinel (rubicelle, balas ruby).
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
Mention has been made above of a stone frequently substituted for the true ruby, called the "spinel" or "balas" ruby.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5" by Various
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