July Birthstone - Ruby
Astrological stone for Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
15th , 40th and 80th Anniversary
Steven Kretchmer Platinum 950 Oval Tension pendant with 0.50ct pear shape ruby and 0.16ctw diamonds
The name “ruby” comes from the Latin word ruber, which means red. It is a favorite gem among those in power and those in love, inspiring more emotion than almost any other stone.
Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum (sapphire is the blue variety and fancy sapphire comes in many colors). Corundum’s hardness on the Mohs scale is a 9 with excellent toughness and outstanding stability, making it a very durable stone.
Red must be the dominant color of the stone to be called a ruby. The finest, most valuable colors are vivid red to slightly purplish red in medium to medium-dark tone. The term “pigeon blood” is used for the finest red, but is open to some subjectivity. If the tone is too light, the stone is called pink sapphire.
The finest qualities come from Mogok, Myanmar, and the largest production comes from Mong Hsu, Myanmar.
Unfortunately, more and more rubies are being fracture filled with a high lead glass, a process that is often not disclosed. This is not a permanent treatment, so heat or a simple cleaning could alter the stone.
Rubies Around the World
“A drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth” is how the ruby is described in the Orient. In China, a Mandarin’s rank was indicated by the color of the stone in his ruby ring. A red jewel stone meant he was a key figure among the great.
In India, the ruby is called Ratnanayaka, the lord of the gemstones. Those who donated rubies to honor Krishna were assured of being reborn as an emperor in a future life.
Hindus called the ruby the “king of precious stones” and the “leader of gems.” They used to divide rubies into castes, much like social classes. Rubies were sorted into upper class, middle class, and lower class in terms of flawlessness and beauty. Much like today’s exclusive county clubs and their upper-class clientele, no inferior ruby was allowed contact with a superior one because it was believed the inferior one would contaminate the better one, thereby diminishing its magical powers.
Hindus consider light colored rubies to be appropriate for women, and darker ones for men. Elaborate ruby earrings have been a popular jewelry choice in India for centuries.
In the 1880s, French jewelers called the ruby the “gem of gems” or the “dearly loved stone.”
In Burma (a ruby source since at least 600 AD), now called Myanmar, warriors possessed rubies to make them invincible in battle. However, it wasn’t enough to just wear the rubies. They had to insert them into their flesh and make them part of their bodies. The royalty of Burma were also said to be the only people to possess large rubies. If a ruby were to leave the country, it was broken up into smaller stones.
A Powerful Stone
It is believed that rubies possess the power to increase energy and stimulate love if worn close to the heart. Rubies are said to also protect feelings, increase heath and wealth, control passion, stimulate circulation, aid in sleeplessness and eliminate nightmares, reduce depression, ward off evil spirits, and protect against poison and snake bites. So with all of the benefits associated with the ruby, it is no wonder it is the King of all Gemstones!
Steven Kretchmer Omega Round Channel with oval Ruby.
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