The Allure of Rubies : The July Birthstone
Red has a way of exuding a feeling of love and romance, simply because our emotions are closely connected to the colors and influences around us. Rubies range in color from fuchsia to a deep red, with the most notable color being known as a Pigeon’s Blood if the stone is particularly rich in color. The color is just one aspect of why this stone has remained a lifelong cherished stone. In ancient times, people believed red embodied the color of blood and blood insinuated the power of life. There is no other color greater associated with the power of the living; the Bible mentions this stone and closely associates it with livelihood, wisdom, and courage. It’s the spark that never seems to blow out and the fire in our eyes when we feel a deep passion and fervency for something. It is also the birthstone of July, a fitting piece to reflect the hottest month of the year. How whimsical and intentional, to find ourselves celebrating this month with such a dramatic blazed stone.
Color is not the only thing that makes this stone fascinating. The word ‘precious’ is very telling, as this gemstone is magnificent and needs to be handled with due diligence. When wearing rubies, it is imperative to be precautionary and regularly bathe your stone with a foam cleanser* to keep its brilliant color vibrant and avoid debris. These gems are beautiful, but beauty can waiver without good care. We always want to reiterate that jewelry is best when it stays dazzling, and that requires maintenance and detailed handling.
Now that you know how to handle your rubies, let’s take a journey to Myanmar. This is one of the main geographical locations where some of the finest rubies were first mined, and the birthplace of the craze over this luxurious gem. It has collected a host of legendary anecdotes over the centuries, gracing the necks and hands of warriors, nobility and the common citizen. In this way, you can imagine how versatile this gem is and how highly favored it is among people of all different status and income. Myanmar is where 90% of the world’s rubies come from, and this makes rubies a rarity. What is even more rare is a specific ruby that is harvested in Myanmar that is known as a Burmese Ruby. This stunner, like other rubies, is a variety of the mineral species corundum, which is naturally colorless but reactant with chromium to turn red. Yet, because this stone is found in the Magok Valley it is known to have higher rates of chromium. This results in a deeper and more purplish red gem.
Rubies are also found in other parts of the world: Thailand, India, Australia and Afghanistan just to name a few. Due to their rare naturally occurring nature, we find rubies commanding the highest per-carat price juxtaposed any other colored stone. What a treat it would be indeed, to be able to have a few good pieces to choose from! Razny Jewelers has a selection of Ruby gems to choose from to purchase for someone in your life that has a love for rubies or that shares a July birthday. You can browse the varied options of precious gemstones here https://www.razny.com/fashion-jewelry-chicago.
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*Razny Jewelers has foam cleaners available for purchase at all four Chicago area locations. https://www.razny.com/contact-us