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Ruby: July’s Birthstone

July Birthstone: Ruby GemstoneThose born in July are lucky; when they wear their birthstone, they get to wear ruby. This stone reacts beautifully to being cut and set because it has one of the highest hardness ratings, just shy of diamonds, it is a long-lasting, resilient stone that is difficult to scratch and remains sparkling and clean no matter what type of punishment it’s put through. Love rubies? Here are some interesting facts about this gem:

  • The word “ruby” is derived from the Latin word “rubens,” which means, simply, “red.” While that might not be very exciting, that word in Latin often has the connotations of “passion” and “vitality,” which are carried through to this gem.
  • The best rubies in the world are found in Myanmar.
  • The color in a ruby is caused by chromium in the stone where the ruby is forming. How much chromium there is and what other minerals are present can affect the shade of the ruby. Some rubies are a very light pink, while others can be a deep red. The most common color is bright red with a slight bluish tone.
  • A truly flawless ruby can be worth more than a diamond, as it is extremely rare to find a ruby that does not have a single flaw. Jewelers will often use the presence of a flaw to identify a natural ruby.
  • Rubies are actually technically red Sapphires. They have the same chemical composition and structure—the only difference is the specific color.
  • In the bible, rubies are often referenced as a symbol of both purity and beauty. They are also a symbol of enduring wisdom.
  • Rubies were used to create the very first lasers. Today, synthetic rubies are often used both in laser applications and in the production of microelectronics.

The ruby has an incredibly long and rich history. They make appearances in the bible, would be given by one Indian family to another in order to promote peace between enemies, and have even played a role in the development of modern electronics.

A ruby’s classic red, slightly blue color is the color of love and affection. Besides being July’s birthstone, rubies are a beautiful stone, almost universally loved for their rich color and remarkable history.

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Fiery Gemstones for July Birthdays

July Birthstones

It is Officially the dog days of Summer here in Central Pennsylvania so it’s no wonder July is both National Hot Dog Month as well as Nationial Ice Cream Month. I highly recommend you take time to enjoy both this month, seperately, unless you like meat in your ice cream. The most opportune time would have been on July 4th, America’s birthday, which reminds me, What would be a great gift for someone celebrating a July birthdays? That’s easy as the birthstone of July is the ruby.

Rubies are well known for their rich red color as well as a remarkable hardness just below the Mohs scale for a diamond. They make a wonderful addition to almost any collection, whether you prefer a designer ruby bracelet, a charming ruby pendant or even some fiery ruby earrings, we have a full selection of ruby jewelry online and at each Kranich’s Jewelers location.

For any questions you may have about birthstone jewelry or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.