Congratulations July babies! Your birthstone is ruby. Not only is it one of the most popular and sought after gemstones today, but it has a rich history in gemology, fashion, and folk lore.
The Gemology of Rubies
Mineral Type: Corundum
Countries with Deposits: Afghanistan, Greenland, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam
Most Sought After Color: Medium to Medium-Dark Vibrant Red or Red with a hint of Purple
Fun Fact: Rubies and Sapphires are simply different colors of Corundum. And, it is second only to diamonds in hardness (so it's great for holding up to daily wear and tear)!
The Fashion of Rubies:
It's no surprise the world of fashion is so obsessed with ruby jewelry. It's spectacular and has been the go to colored gemstone for countless style icons, celebrities, film makers, and royalties. Here are just a few examples:
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's Ruby Engagement Ring (which we LOVE)
Sarah Ferguson's Ruby Halo Engagement Ring
Victoria Beckham's Ruby 'Engagement Ring'
Ashley Simpson's Ruby Engagement Ring
Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz's Ruby Slippers
Ruby Folk Lore:
- Ancient Hindus believed that offering rubies to Krishna, a Hindu gold, would give them rebirth as an emperor.
- Biblically they are referred to as objects of beauty and wisdom.
- Ancient "Sanskrit" calls them ratnaraj, which translates to “king of precious stones."
- In India it is believed that ownership of a ruby allows you to live in peace with your enemy.
- Myanmar (Burma) warriors once believed it would bring them protection making them
- Medieval Europeans believed that rubies would bring the bearer wisdom, wealth, health, and luck in love.
Bella's Ruby Jewelry:
Bella's is committed to buying the finest ruby jewelry from the design house of David Connolly and Jabel. Paired with ethically sourced diamonds in 14KT, 18KT, and Platinum. Every design pictured on our website can be sold in ruby.