Ruby is the birthstone
for July and for those born under the sign of Aries. With its fiery red color
ranging from pinkish-red, medium-red to pigeon blood hues, this stone exudes
elegance and versatility to the wearer. It is one of the oldest and most
revered gemstones. Reputed to be precious gemstones, rubies come from the
mineral "corundum". Worn by kings and aristocrats of times past, it was used to
ward off sickness and made the wearer invulnerable to defeat. The gemstone's
amazing red color is attributed to the mineral chromium. In order to determine
the rarity and price points of the stone, it is important to note that rubies
with very few inclusions are rare and that large size rubies fetch hefty prices
at auctions than diamonds. One of the prized rubies in existence is the Carmen
Lucia ruby currently on display at the Smithsonian.
In terms of jewelry,
rubies look stunning in a three-stone anniversary setting with a ruby at the
center with two diamond accent on the side; classic oval ruby stud earrings
set by itself or enhanced by small diamonds; or a gorgeous ruby pendant will
surely make a memorable and thoughtful gift. Ruby is also used as the 40th
wedding anniversary gift.
classification can be described as follows: A-pinkish-red color, slightly
included with good cut and polish; AA- medium cut pinkish red, eye clean; with
good cut and polish; and AAA-deep red, very few natural inclusions; good cut
Rated excellent for
everyday wear, it has a hardness of 9 in the MOHs scale of mineral hardness.
However, one should avoid exposing it to heat or chemicals. Major sources
for rubies are Thailand, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Cambodia,India, Madagascar,
Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.