And yet his work stands out from the ruck of the contemporary versifiers as a balas ruby among carrots.
Page 167, line 67, and seq.—'Carbuncle and balas ruby,' etc.
Mention has been made above of a stone frequently substituted for the true ruby, called the “spinel” or “balas” ruby.
But in the battle in which balas was overthrown, the Egyptian king also received his death wound.
About his neck was a baldric of balas rubies, and over his robe he wore the collar of the Order of the Garter.
balas, a name used to distinguish the rose-coloured species of ruby from the ruby proper.
After the death of balas he laid siege to the Akra; and “the apostates, who hated their own nation,” appealed to Demetrius.
This ring was but a simple gold ring, in which was set a balas ruby, of great value.
The "rubies" of the poet's time were frequently ruby spinels, or the so-called "balas rubies" from Badakshan, in Afghan Turkestan.
Some dealers call reddish spinels "balas ruby" (rose red), and orange red ones "rubicelle."