July Birthstone: Ruby

Posted by Bella's Fine Jewelers on Jul 5, 2016 1:40:51 PM
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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:

 

Liz Taylor Rubies
Liz Taylor's Love or Rubies
Gone, but never forgotten, Liz Taylor's indisputable eye for jewelry makes for one spectacular stamp of approval.  And, she certainly approved of rubies!
 
Famous Ruby Jewelry - Queen Elizabeth II Ruby Tiara
Queen Elizabeth II Ruby Tiara and Jewelry
It's no surprise that some of the Queen's most iconic photographs have been taken wearing this spectacular ruby and diamond tiara.  Wouldn't you love to wear it too!?!
 
Jessica Simpson's Ruby Gemstone Engagement Ring Settings
Image: Celebuzz
Jessica Simpson's Ruby Engagement Ring
This captivating ruby and diamond three stone ring is superb!  It's simplicity allows the majestic color to be the focus of the ring.
 
Pretty Woman's Famous Ruby Necklace Scene
This famous ruby necklace left movie goers in awe! Followed by the delightful scene, where he snaps the lid closed and she laughs...did you know that was meant for the bloopers real!
 
Other Famous Examples of Ruby...
  • 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:

History has shown us that rubies have been an object of desire.  Here are various examples throughout history:
  • 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.

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