Diamonds are definitely the most expensive stones on earth but a few rubies are here to make some serious competition. The Sunrise Ruby, for example, is a Burmese ruby that became famous for its extremely rare and flawless deep red “pigeon blood” color. Courtesy of the Sotheby’s Auction House, the stone was auctioned off in Geneva for the enormous sum of $30 million, which is significantly more than the original estimate of $18.8 million.
This rise in price was owed to a pair of telephone bidders who competed fiercely against each other in order to purchase the precious gem. The Sunrise Ruby earned its title as the world’s most expensive non-diamond in the world, and it will surely make its new owner quite happy. Apart from the ruby, the auction accommodated the sale of a few other record-breaking items, including a sublime natural pearl necklace and a rare pink diamond of 8.72 carats.