July is here! If you were going to hand select the perfect birthstone for July what would it be? If you said ruby, and I’m guessing all of you did since it’s the title of this post, you would be correct. Truly, is there any other gemstone that would be as splendid to represent this warm and wonderful month?
Ruby is beloved for it enduring properties and fiery hues. Since ancient times Ruby has been held as one of the most precious gemstones in the world. It is mentioned in ancient Sanskrit writings and the Bible. It has adorned the crowns of royalty. It has also been presented as a gift of admiration and devotion by lovers, throughout the ages. Rubies were at one time believed to protect, heal, and impart courage upon the wearer.
Ruby certainly has a long and interesting history. Let’s learn more about this radiant gemstone.
Rubies are pure corundum, as is another very popular precious gemstone – Sapphire. In fact, sapphire is found in every color except red.
Why? Because red corundum is called Ruby. Chromium is the element responsible for ruby’s gorgeous red color. However, too much Chromium can turn corundum an emerald green in color – which I suppose wouldn’t be “too much” if you are desiring a green sapphire.
Corundum registers a 9 out of 10 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness. Diamond is the only naturally occurring gemstone that is harder than corundum. Ruby is beautiful, enduring and an absolutely exquisite gemstone.
Where in the World is Ruby Found?
Ruby can be found all over the world but the most notable areas include Myanmar (Burma), which for centuries was the primary source for the finest rubies in the world. Today, finding high quality rubies in that location has been much rarer that it once was. Some of the current leaders are Thailand, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Ruby has also been mined in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, India, Cambodia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Tajikistan, the USA and Vietnam.
Care and Handling
Thanks to the resilience of ruby, you can rest assured that if you maintain your jewelry properly, it will last for generations to come. Getting your ruby jewelry inspected regularly and cleaning it using warm soapy water with a soft brush, will keep it in tip-top condition.