Celebrate July birthdays with the birthstone for this month, Ruby
“The glowing Ruby shall adorn
Those who in July are born;
Then they’ll be exempt and free
From love’s doubt and anxiety”
– July Birthstone Poem
All about Rubies
For thousands of years, the ruby has been seen as one of the most valuable gemstones in the world. Known for its excellent hardness and brilliance, it is also extremely rare. Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, one of the hardest minerals on Earth. Rubies have a high status and are surrounded by mystical beliefs in many cultures.
The value of a Ruby is mainly determined by color. The brightest and most valuable “red”, called pigeon blood-red, is the most renowned. After color follows clarity: similar to Diamonds, a clear stone will be more valuable. Cut and carat weight also determine the value of a Ruby.
Rubies have been used in beautiful jewellery throughout history. One of the most famous pieces of Renaissance jewellery is the Canning Jewel. The baroque Pearl pendant, shaped like a Merman, has Rubies set in the tail, and another group set in Gold hang from the bottom of the pendant.
To see beautiful Ruby jewellery with a modern twist, our collection at fabulous with designers including Thomas Sabo and Trollbeads use Rubies in their fantastic creations.
Did You Know?
- “A drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth” is how the Ruby is described in the Orient.
- The name ‘Ruby’ comes from the Latin word ‘ruber’, which means red.
- Some ancient cultures believed that Rubies, as well as other gemstones, grew on trees, just like fruit. The Rubies would begin budding as small white gems, and would slowly grow and ripen, turning red in the light of the sun. When the Ruby was saturated with red colour, it was ready to be plucked.
The red colour of a Ruby radiates warmth and vitality. It is no wonder that Rubies are symbols of passion and love, and therefore a perfect gift for a special someone. It is also the stone for 15th, 40th and 80th Anniversaries. At fabulous we have a select range of ruby jewellery suited to everyone’s tastes!
How to care for your Ruby Jewellery
Rubies are hard and durable, so are not easily damaged and are very easy to care for. However, here are our top tips for looking after your Rubies!
- It is not recommended to wear a Ruby if you are doing work using harsh chemicals.
- Rubies should be stored in a fabric-lined box, away from other pieces of jewellery, as they may scratch other, softer gemstones.
- Clean your Ruby using soapy water and a brush, or a commercial jewellery cleanser.
- Rinse the stone thoroughly and dry after cleaning it.
- A Ruby’s beauty will last for my years to come if cared for properly!
You can read more about Rubies and their interesting history over at Wikipedia!
July’s Zodiac Sign
People born in July are of the Cancer zodiac sign, from the 21st June to the 22nd July. The symbol for Cancer is the crab and people born under the sign are said to be creative, sociable and caring.