balas ruby

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Noun1.Balas ruby - a pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinelbalas ruby - a pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinel
ruby spinel, spinel ruby - a spinel used as a gemstone (usually dark red)
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Richard II had a coat, valued at thirty thousand marks, which was covered with balas rubies. Hall described Henry VIII, on his way to the Tower previous to his coronation, as wearing "a jacket of raised gold, the placard embroidered with diamonds and other rich stones, and a great bauderike about his neck of large balasses." The favourites of James I wore ear-rings of emeralds set in gold filigrane.