The fiery ruby makes the perfect birthstone for the warm month of July.
Ruby is the red variety of a mineral called corundum. The name “ruby” comes from the Latin word for red, rubeus. It’s this fierce color that makes the ruby stand out - all other colors of gem-quality corundum are called sapphire. The same element that gives the ruby its color is also responsible for causing fluorescence, which gives rubies that appearance to glow from within.
Tough and durable, ruby measures 9 on the Mohs scale. That makes the diamond the only natural gemstone harder than ruby. Its strength and red fluorescence makes the ruby valuable beyond just jewelry. Natural and synthetic rubies are used in watchmaking, medical instruments and lasers.
What Does Ruby Symbolize?
Rubies have been treasured since ancient times as symbols of passion, protection and prosperity.
Chinese noblemen used to adorn their armor with rubies to provide them protection and also buried rubies beneath building foundations to secure good fortune. In Myanmar (Burma), a significant source of rubies since at least 600 AD, warriors also believed that rubies could offer them protection in battle. Some even believed they made them invincible.
Many cultures admired ruby as a symbol of love and passion, and have long considered them as the perfect wedding gem.
Due to its deep red color, ruby has also long been associated with the life force and vitality of blood. It has been believed to amplify energy, heighten awareness, promote courage, and bring success in wealth, love and battle.
Custom Ruby Jewelry
Whether you’re showing your love for someone born in July, or celebrating a 15th or 40th wedding anniversary, there’s no better gift than ruby.
The cost of rubies can vary. All natural rubies contain imperfections called “silk.” These can actually increase the value (when displaying a rare cat’s eye or star effect). Meanwhile, some rubies are heat treated to improve color saturation and minimize inclusions, making them more affordable and accessible to anyone.
Ruby jewelry is a valuable gift to symbolize passion, protection and prosperity. The gemologists at Victoria Jewelers can help you pick the right stone and setting for your budget.
Are you searching for a spectacular piece of ruby jewelry? Call Victoria Jewelers at (407) 895-0047 or contact us online today to learn more about our custom jewelry process and how we can create a beautiful piece of jewelry designed just for you.