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July Birthstone Guide

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Pear Cut Ruby Gemstone

Fancy Cut Ruby Gemstone

Round Ruby Gemstone

Pronunciation: ROO-BEE

The Ruby. Second only to Diamond in hardness, Rubies are one of the toughest gemstones! With no cleavage, breakage rarely occurs. This combined with the fact that Rubies come in many different shapes and sizes, makes them perfect for all types of jewelry, such as Ruby rings, Ruby pendants, and Ruby bracelets. While color preferences are subjective, the best Rubies possess an intense, almost electric red effect due to fluorescence. Also, Rubies are rarer than Diamonds. In the last 60 years hardly a month has passed without a new Diamond deposit being discovered. In contrast, Rubies are only found in a handful of mines worldwide. That is why Ruby jewelry is so prized. The Ruby is the anniversary gemstone for the 40th year of marriage. Ruby pendants or earrings make great gifts at any year, though. Commonly known as the July birthstone, Rubies are linked to Cancers and Leos. So give a Ruby ring or Ruby bracelet to those ladies close to you that are of that sign! And men to !

Ruby Gemstone Variations

Ruby Gemstone Variations Images


The most important characteristic about the Ruby is its color. There is of course a reason for this: the name "Ruby" was derived from the Latin word "rubens" meaning "red" The red of Rubies is in a class all by itself: warm and fiery. Two magical elements are associated with the symbolism of this color: fire and blood, implying warmth and life for mankind. In the Middle Ages, Rubies were thought to contain prophetic powers. It was believed that a Ruby could warn its owner of misfortunes by deepening in color. Native Americans believed that offerings of a fine Ruby resulted in rebirth as a powerful Chief.


Apart from their color, Rubies are identical to Sapphires. Rubies and Sapphires are comprised of the mineral known as corundum. Rubies are more expensive than Diamonds. A 16-Carat Ruby that sold at Sotheby’s in New York in October 1988 fetched a staggering $3,630,000! Small inclusions, commonly known as " silk" are a typical characteristic of Rubies. Evenly distributed small quantities of "silk" give a fine soft, uniform distribution of light throughout the Ruby, enhancing this jewels beauty!

Care and Cleaning

The best way to clean Rubies is with soapy water. Steam cleaners will work great with these gemstones, as will ultrasonic cleaners.

Ruby Fame

In the entire world, the most famous Ruby, known as the Black Prince's Ruby, is not even a Ruby! It is actually a large red Spinel. The history of this jewel is documented back to 1366, A.D. Now, it is set on England's Imperial State Crown, which residing inside the Tower of London.

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