When I think about July, I think hot summer days, Fourth of July celebrations, ketchup on hotdogs, watermelon slices, and RUBIES! Ruby is the well known birthstone for the month of July. Most of us know what rubies look like. We even use the word “ruby red” to describe Dorothy’s slippers in The Wizard of Oz. The word ruby automatically brings a certain color to mind. Rubies are also one of the most expensive precious stones on the market. The most desirable color is a blue-ish red that is called “pigeon’s blood”. Another interesting fact is that sapphires come in all colors and when they reach a certain color of red they are called rubies. This amazing gemstone has the same mineral, “corundum” which ranks pretty high on the hardness chart for endurance and longevity. For centenaries these prized jewels have been in treasure chests, royal crowns, and all kinds of jewelry. From Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and even the Victorian time periods, rubies have been sought after and desired in jewelry accessories. Because of the color, red spinels have been mistaken for rubies in the past and a lot of “rubies” in British crown jewels are actually spinels. Like many gemstones in the recent past, there are many synthetics out there to meet the desire for one of creations finest gems. Often synthetics will look “eye clean” or will not have any internal inclusions in them whereas naturals will have some. Inclusions in rubies are not necessarily a bad thing. Just think of them as the earth’s hallmark on its rare work of art.
Other random interesting facts about July’s birthstone:
~Ruby is used to celebrate the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
~Ruby has an assigned day of the week, Tuesday, hence the Rollings Stones’ song “Ruby Tuesday”.
~Ruby is assigned to the planets Mars and Pluto.
~The most expensive ruby, “The Hope Ruby”, was sold for $6.75 million. It weighed 32.08 carats and was a cushion-cut.
~Rubies also have a famous scientific use ~ artificial ruby crystals were used for the first lasers.
Owning rubies are easy! To clean, you don’t have to use anything special. Just some dish soap and a soft cloth will do the trick. Let us help you find a new ruby for your jewelry wardrobe. For the month of July we are offering 20% off of our lovely ruby inventory. Just use the coupon code “APPRECIATION20” at checkout. If you need any help learning more about the rubies we have to offer or any of our gemstone pieces, our GIA Accredited Jewelry Professionals are ready to assist! Check out some of these beauties available in our Etsy store…