Ruby is More Than A Birthstone
Its July, that means it's time to discuss the "King of Gemstones", Ruby! In addition to being the July birthstone, Ruby has been a beloved stone for ages. Its deep red color has long associated it with powerful emotions, such as love, courage, and passion.
Geologically, Ruby is in the corundum mineral family. Its rich red color comes from the presence of chromium. Corundum also comes in several shades including blue and purple; these corundum minerals are called Sapphires. Geographically, Rubies are mined in various parts of the world, with its most impressive deposits in Myanmar, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.
Rubies were highly prized in ancient cultures and were often associated with royalty and power. In Hindu mythology, rubies were believed to protect the wearer from evil. In medieval Europe, they were thought to have healing properties and were used to treat various ailments. Today, they are associated with love, passion, strength, and courage.
Many people are curious about how rubies are evaluated for their value. The worth of a ruby is determined by many factors such as color, clarity, cut, and size. The most valuable rubies are those with a deep, vibrant red color, minimal inclusions, and perfectly calibrated cutting. The largest ruby ever found weighed over 400 carats and was discovered in Myanmar in the 1990s; can you image how big that ring setting would be?!
Rubies are a popular choice for jewelry. In addition to being the July birthstone, a growing number of couples are choosing Ruby engagement rings. Rubies are a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, making them one of the strongest gemstones for an engagement ring. Plus, their association with love and romance makes them ideal for such a romantic and symbolic piece of jewelry.
If you needed a reason to fall in love with Ruby, we have given you plenty! It's an ideal gem to gift in birthstone jewelry, engagement rings, as well as a personal indulgence. If you have any questions about Ruby jewelry, feel free to reach out to our personal online shoppers. Remember, all our precious stone ring, pendant, earring, and bracelets designs are available in ruby!