Like a perfect rose, the Ruby’s rich color speaks of love and passion. Called the “Rajnapura” or King of Gems by ancient Hindus, July’s birthstone is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history. The Ruby was considered to have magical powers and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil. It was thought to grow darker when peril was imminent, and to return to its original color once danger was past – provided it was in the hands of its rightful owner!
The word Ruby comes from the Latin “ruber,” meaning red. It is a variety of the mineral Corundum, and is found as crystals within metamorphic rock. Corundum is the second hardest mineral, after Diamond. It comes in a variety of colors and is considered a Sapphire in any color except red, which is designated as a Ruby. Rubies range in huge from an orangey-red to a purplish-red, but the most prized gems are true red in color. Large sized Rubies are very rare and valuable.
The history of Ruby mining dates back more than 2,500 years. The most beautiful crystals are thought to be from Burma, but quality Rubies are also found in India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Kenya, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States.
It has been said that the Ruby’s red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making a gift of this stone symbolic to everlasting love. With its hardness and durability, it is a perfect engagement gem. And if worn on the left hand, ancient lore has it that the Ruby will bring good fortune to its wearer, too!
RUBY FINE COLOR GEMSTONE JEWELRY BY MARK SCHNEIDER DESIGN
Mark Schneider Design offers a contemporary take on birthstone jewelry. Mark has created many beautiful pieces with Rubies, inluding the Ruby Mesmerize Ring See our color collection to view more Ruby designs.
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Gemstones, Understanding, Identifying and Buying, Keith Wallis FGA, 2007. Published by Antique Collector Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, United Kingdom.