July Birthstone – Ruby
Perhaps a strange title for a jewellery blog post, but read on and all will be revealed. You guessed it – July’s birthstone is the prized precious gemstone – Ruby.
Our title relates to part of Harriet Bishop’s poem…
“The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lovers doubt and anxiety.”
The Birthstone for July is the elegant Ruby. A beautiful red gemstone symbolic of passion and energy. It is said to bring success, wealth and bestow good fortune on the wearer.
What is Ruby?
[From GIA’s website]
Ruby is the most valuable variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes sapphire. Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any coloured stone. This makes ruby one of the most important gems in the coloured stone market.
In its purest form, the mineral corundum is colourless. Trace elements that become part of the mineral’s crystal structure cause variations in its colour. Chromium is the trace element that causes ruby’s red, which ranges from an orangey red to a purplish red.
The strength of ruby’s red depends on how much chromium is present—the more chromium, the stronger the red colour. Chromium can also cause fluorescence, which adds to the intensity of the red colour.
The most renowned rubies, like those from Myanmar, the Himalayas and northern Vietnam, typically form in marble. They’re found in layers that are distributed irregularly within the surrounding marble. Marble forms as part of the metamorphic (rock-altering) process, when heat and pressure from mountain formation act on existing limestone deposits.
Pigeon’s Blood for Ruby Red
Because Ruby colours vary, certain general expressions describe the more desirable colours for this exceptional gemstone. “Pigeon Blood,” is one such term used to describe a particularly intense ruby red colour.
Besides a refined collection of ruby and diamond designs, we can customise most of our jewellery designs to include Rubies. Our bespoke service includes a full and detailed no-obligation quotation based on your preferred design, set with any gemstone combination.
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We would be more than happy to quote you on most of our rings if you wished to add some Ruby glamour to one of our designs! Contact us today with any ideas you have.