Jul 26, 2010

Stone of the Month: Ruby

Jaipur Rani Indian Ruby Earring by Vitrine
Jaipur Rani Indian Ruby Earrings
by Vitrine

July’s birthstone is the beautiful, elegant ruby. These red gemstones are closely related to sapphires, and get their unique coloring from a high presence of chromium. They are typically mined throughout the Middle East and Asia, with large deposits in Myanmar, and more recently, Greenland. Genuine rubies are the second hardest gemstone in nature - second only to diamonds.

Throughout history, rubies have been used to represent fire, heat, passion and power. Thus, they have been a favorite material to adorn everything from armor to trinkets. The ruby has often been used a gift to show everlasting love. Called “The King of Gemstones” in India, the ruby has been a favorite among royalty in many cultures for centuries.

Rubies were also considered to be a symbol of blood, and therefore to have healing powers. Ground or crushed rubies have been used in medicinal cures, as talismans against illness, and charms for strength in battle.

Carnation Pink Ruby Ring by Birch Beer Boutique
Carnation Pink Ruby Ring
by Birch Beer Boutique

The flame of rubies is a perfect stone for this hot summer month. Ruby is also the traditional gift for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Like most gemstones, a ruby’s quality is determined by it’s clarity, which makes it easy to substitute with affordable, sustainable materials like glass and crystal.

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