Ruby: Birthstone of the Month

Ruby Birthstone

From the ever-popular British staple, the Ruby Murray, to the Australian actress and star of Orange is the New Black, Ruby Rose, the ruby has permeated into modern culture the world over. But nothing shines quite as bright as the original.

So here is a list of 10 (somewhat) interesting facts, myths and legends to impress your friends and family with about the birthstone for the month of July:

  1. The word ruby comes from the Latin rubens which means red.
  2. Ruby is a traditional gift for those celebrating 15th or 40th anniversaries. Or birthdays, weddings, graduations, engagements, bar mitzvahs, Tuesdays. Anything really.
  3. Rubies are formed naturally in many different shades of red. The colour comes from the traces of chromium found in each stone.
  4. Chromium found in rubies
  5. Rubies have been found all over the world, including in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Africa, Australia and the USA.
  6. Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. They are as resilient as sapphires and only slightly softer than diamonds. Holy Moh-ly!
  7. Due to their brilliant red hues, rubies are often related to the essence of life. And of course, if there is one gemstone that represents love, it is the ruby.
  8. Ruby Hearts
  9. Almost all rubies have flaws. Rubies without imperfections are exceptionally rare and command prices even higher than diamonds of a similar weight and quality.
  10. The most precious rubies are those with a full, rich red colour with just a hint of blue. Originally, the finest rubies were mined in Myanmar and it is from there that the term ‘Burmese Ruby’ began to describe the finest rubies.
  11. Almost all natural rubies are treated to improve their colour and strengthen them. This is standard practice in the jewellery industry.
  12. 10. The world's largest ruby is owned by a Chinese jewellery company. It weighs 8184 g (40920 Carat) and measures 5.11 x 5.43 x 5.70 inches.

Pinterest Inspiration

Ruby jewellery is perfect for those statement pieces – people will turn their heads, people will stop and stare, people will be green with envy of your intense red accessories.

Whether your style lends itself to a subtly stacked ruby pendant, a unique gem-inlayed ring or a stunningly sparkling set of earrings – this stone is great to combine with many different looks for many different occasions.

Pinterest Ruby Inspiration

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