July Birthstone (Ruby)

Ruby is the birthstone for July and one of my personal favorites because it happens to be my birthstone.  Ruby is definitely one of the most historically significant colored stones. Not only was it mentioned four times in the Bible, but it was also worn by royalty throughout history.  Many cultures have considered ruby to be a stone of kings.  The fiery mystical stone is often associated with power, wealth, and protection.  It was once believed to help protect its owner’s estates and helped with the accumulation of wealth.  In other words this gem was thought to help its owner acquire more gems.

IMG_236414k white gold stud earring with one 4-prong set oval ruby surrounded by a diamond halo consisting of eight 4-prong set round diamonds.  Priced at $475.

As mentioned earlier, rubies have a long history in many cultures.  In the first century AD, the Roman scholar Pliny mentions rubies in his Natural History book, he goes into detail about their density and hardness.  People in India used to believe that rubies allowed their owners to live in peace and harmony with their enemies.  Ancient Hindus believed that if a fine ruby was offered to the god Krishna, they would be reborn as an emperor.  Hindus also used to divide rubies into four castes, much like their social class system, with the true Oriental ruby being a Brahmin, and of the highest class.  A person in possession of a Brahmin was believed to have the advantage of safety.

1-15-19-5 (1 of 1)14k yellow gold channel set band with alternating princess cut rubies and diamonds.  Size 6.5 but sizable and priced at $2500.

In Burma, which is currently Myanmar, warriors would wear rubies to make them invincible in battle, but it wasn’t enough to just wear them, they had to actually insert the stone in their flesh or it would not work.  

IMG_073814k white gold necklace with one 4-prong set round diamond on top of one 4-prong set round faceted ruby.  Priced at $1250.

Rubies remained popular throughout the development of western civilization.  As mentioned earlier, ruby was considered to be a stone of kings, and was one of the most sought-after stones of European royalty as well as the upper class.  Many of the crown jewels pieces contain rubies, and it has been the stone of choice for the coronation ring since the 13th century.  Rubies are still highly valued, in 2011 an 8.24 carat ruby ring belonging to the late great Elizabeth Taylor, and made by Van Cleef & Arpels, sold at auction for 4.2 million dollars, approximately $500,000 per carat.

Ruby Heart Set.  14k yellow gold heart shaped stud earring with one 4-prong set ruby.  14k yellow gold pendant with one 4-prong set round diamond on top of one 4-prong set heart shaped ruby.  Set priced at $975.

Ruby is one of the four precious gemstones, along with sapphire, emerald, and diamond.  The word ruby comes from the latin word ruber, which means “red.”  The inner fiery red glow of a ruby suggested an inextinguishable flame burned in the stone, leading people in ancient times to believe that it could shine through anything and was even hot enough to boil water.  It’s internal fire is what inspired a lot of the lore associated with the stone.

1.31.19 (Ruby Ring)18k yellow gold matte ring with one invisible set round ruby in center.  Size 6.5 but sizable and priced at $950.

Because the conditions needed to create a ruby are so rare, experts have a hard time agreeing on exactly how it is formed.  What we do know is a ruby is a type of corundum. Corundum is colorless when pure, but turns ruby red when chromium is introduced.  Corundum can be many different colors depending on what chemical element was introduced during formation. Sapphires are actually a type of corundum as well, created when titanium and iron are part of the mix, creating beautiful blue hues.  Rubies can be found all over the world, some of the places include Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Kashmir, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, several places in the U.S., Africa, and more.

IMG_301318k white gold seahorse pendant with pave set diamonds and one round ruby in the eye. Priced at $1850.

Ruby measures 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, only second to diamond and matched with sapphire.  Making this gem not only gorgeous but very hard and durable as well. With that being said it should be kept separately in a felt lined jewelry box so that it does not scratch or damage other jewels.  Desire for ruby is just as great today as it always has been.  As a symbol of passion, ruby makes an ideal romantic gift.  The lush color also signifies wealth and success, so it makes a great gift for yourself as well.

1-30-19 (1 of 1)18k white gold 3-stone circle ring with three bezel set round rubies surrounded by a pave set halo.  Size 6.75 but sizable and priced at $1250.

14k white gold band with channel set rubies with milegrain and filigree detail.  Size 6.25 and priced at $925.

IMG_302014k white gold necklace with diamond shaped pendant with 4 round rubies in center surrounded by 16 prong set round diamonds.  Priced at $750.

 

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