Natural stones (stones that can be used in jewelry after cutting and polishing) are well-known for their vibrant colors, but are not one of the four precious stones (diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire).
Ruby / Corundum
Ruby / Corundum is a crystalline form of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) typically containing traces of iron, titanium, vanadium and chromium. It is one of the naturally transparent materials, but can have different colors when impurities are present. Transparent specimens are used as gems, ruby if red and padparadscha if pink-orange. All other colors are called sapphire, e.g., "green sapphire" for a green specimen. Because of corundum's hardness (pure corundum is defined to have 9.0 Mohs), it can scratch almost every other mineral.