July Birthstone: Ruby

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in Blog, Gems | 49 Comments

July’s birthstone is the ruby, just in time for the Red, White, and Blue Holiday (although over here we refer to it as rubies, diamonds, and sapphires).  Rubies are known for being the stone of passion, courage, and undying love.  It is remains the most valued gemstone in the world monetarily and the Bible even establishes that only wisdom and virtuous women are worth more.  Many legends surround rubies, they gem of the heart with the power to kindle the flame of desire and the unique ability to boil water according to ancient Hindu culture.

The value of a ruby depends primarily on color with deep red rubies having the highest value.  Clarity, cut, and carat also affect the price, respectively.  All natural-occurring rubies have slight imperfections and one of the key factors when determining if a ruby is a fake.

Geologically, rubies are actually red sapphires getting their color from chromium and can range from pink to blood red.  It is also considered one of the four precious stones along with sapphire, emerald, and diamond.  It also has a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs scale of 10.0; only moissanite and diamonds are harder.

Since they are such a hard stone, rubies are perfect for everyday wear, and one of the easiest, especially as a statement piece breaking up a neutral-based outfit.