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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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Ruby Gemstone: 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift

Weekly Wednesday Jewelry Lesson

Today, rubies are often worn for fashion, engagement and even medicinal purposes.  It is a traditional wedding anniversary gem for the 15th and 40th anniversaries. Further on in this article, we share a special story of how Ralph decided to buy his wife a ruby ring for his wedding anniversary.

Here are a few reasons why Rubies are so extraordinary:

July’s traditional birthstone is the Ruby.  Rubies are considered to be a precious gemstone because of its rarity in nature. The biggest ruby in the world is 40,920 carats and weighs 8184 grams.  Their rich color and rarity has made them a renowned gemstone to the world for 100s of years.

The word ruby is derived from the Latin word “ruber” for red.   Rubies are composed of the corundum, which is a mineral form of aluminum oxide. The red color is a result of traces of the mineral chromium.  Corundum is the second hardest substance on the Mohs hardness scale and has a rating of 9.

Rubies come in all shades of red but will never be found in any other color because corundum in any other color is actually a Sapphire.  The most desirable shade of ruby is pigeon’s blood which is a very pure red with hints of blue.

Rubies can come in all shapes and sizes and are usually cut using a step or brilliant style. Some rubies are also cabochon cut, which means the top of the gem is smooth and domed.  A very rare form of cabochon cut ruby is a star ruby which reflects the image of a sharp six rayed white star across the top.  This is caused by a natural imperfection, or inclusion in the gem.

Rubies can make a terrific 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift.

Many times, when a couple has been together for 40 years, there are not a lot of unique gifts to give one another that have not already been bought.  However, recently, a customer came into Kranich’s looking for a 40th wedding anniversary gift.  The gentleman said he wasn’t sure what he wanted to get her.   His wife’s birthday was in July, along with their anniversary, so he wanted to find her something really special that would show his love an appreciation for the time they had spent together.  We suggested a ruby, because it was her birthstone and the traditional anniversary gift for the 40th anniversary.

The customer was immediately taken with the idea, because the deep red color of the gem reminded him of the roses she had been caring for in their garden for many years.  He looked at just about every ruby ring we had in the store, but none seemed to capture the sentiment he was looking for in a 40th wedding anniversary gift, until he came across this beautiful ring from Simon G.

Exquisite Simon G. Ruby and Diamond Ring

Immediately, when the ring was placed in his hand, he declared that it was perfect and that it reminded him of their relationship.  40 years is a long time and like all couples they had seen their share of difficulties, but like the two bands that went apart and around then came back together to cradle the ruby, he had learned that when they pulled together they could overcome any obstacle.  He said that through it all their love for each other helped them make it and their love for one another is represented by the two diamond bands that flow under the ruby.  He said all four rows were together in the beginning and all four will be together at the end.  He then finished by saying, “…And as far as the ruby, I’m trusting what you said about her birthstone and the 40th  Wedding Anniversary gift because I have no idea about that.”  We all had a little laugh and told him we were sure she would like it.  Thanks to Ralph for letting us share his story.

 

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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.