Hello Friends! Here is a fun little snack of knowledge for you! Especially for you friends with a July Birthday, or a loved one born in July…
Ruby is the accpted birthstone for July. It is also the accepted anniversary gemstone for the 15th and 40th year.
Ruby is known as the “Lord of the Gems” because of its rarity and beauty. It’s name is derived from the Latin word “ruber”, which simply means red. Ruby, like sapphire, is a variety of corundum and is only a true red in color. The finest color is a vivid, almost pure spectral red with a very faint undertone of blue, as seen in Burmese rubies which are considered the finest.
The highest quality Rubies are said to protect their owners from all kinds of misfortune. A fine Ruby assured the owner he would live in harmony with his neighbors, and it would protect his stature in life, his home, and land. It’s protective powers were said to be intensified when set in jewelry and worn on the left side. Many believed Rubies possessed an inner flame which burned eternally.
The finest Rubies emanate from Burma, and have been mined there since ancient times. Other sources include Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Cambodia, Afghanistan and India. As part of the customary fashioning process, virtually all Rubies are heated to permanently improve their color and appearance.
As with all gemstones, care should be taken to protect it from scratches and sharp blows. To clean your Rubies use only an approved jewelry solution or bring them in to our store for a professional cleaning.
You can browse our diverse collection of Ruby jewelry on our website. To view only Ruby pieces, simply type “Ruby” into the search bar. Or come visit us at our Store to view our complete selection of Ruby jewelry!
Have a sparkling day!