Those 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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