Origin of balas
noun Douay Bible.
Examples from the Web for balas
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|William Harrison Ainsworth
After the death of Balas he laid siege to the Akra; and “the apostates, who hated their own nation,” appealed to Demetrius.
Mention has been made above of a stone frequently substituted for the true ruby, called the “spinel” or “balas” ruby.
The "rubies" of the poet's time were frequently ruby spinels, or the so-called "balas rubies" from Badakshan, in Afghan Turkestan.Shakespeare and Precious Stones|George Frederick Kunz
Some dealers call reddish spinels "Balas ruby" (rose red), and orange red ones "rubicelle."A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public|Frank Bertram Wade