Ruby – July Birthstone
History & Folklore: Ruby has been the world’s most valued gemstone for thousands of years. It gets its name from the Latin word ‘ruber’ meaning “red color.” The owner of a fine ruby was said to be assured of a fine life, peace with all men and his rank or land would never be taken from him. In the Judaeo-Christian view, the ruby is the most precious of the twelve stones God created when he created all creatures, and the “lord of gems” was placed on Aaron’s neck by God’s command. Ruby was said to preserve wealth and remove evil thoughts. Among the multitude of legends and strange beliefs of ancient times, it was thought that the wearer of a ruby was blessed with health, wealth, wisdom and outstanding success in “heart affairs.” Furthermore, the wearer acquired the ability to live in peace with is enemies. In some places ruby was even thought to conger invulnerability.
Facts & Information: Rubies come in many shades of red. Sometimes people refer to the finest pure red color as “Burma Ruby” or “pigeon’s blood.” Rubies over 3ct very fine quality are very scarce. One of the finest faceted rubies sold at Sotheby’s in 1988 for $3,630,000 – this was a 15.97ct stone. While some of the finest rubies have been discovered in Southeast Asia, other regions, such as Madagascar in Africa also yield some stunning rubies.
Gemstone Identification & Characteristics:
- R.I.: 1.762 – 1.770 (+.009,-.005)
- S.G.:4.00 (+.05, -.05)
- Species: Corundum
- Cleaning Methods:
- Usually safe in ultrasonic- never for oiled stones
- Warm, soapy water is safe, but no strong detergents or scrubbing oiled stones
- Usually safe in steamer, but never on oiled stones.
*Picture provided from Stuller.com
*Information from Darling Imports