Set your Summer on fire with July’s gemstone: ruby red


There’s no better way to show your love for that someone special on their July birthday than by gifting a ruby. Rubies are known for arousing the senses, stirring the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth, and success in love.

For centuries, the ruby has been considered the king of all gems. It was believed that wearing a fine red ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. Rubies have been the prized possession of emperors and kings throughout the ages and, to this day, the ruby is considered the most valuable gemstone.

Gold ring with diamonds and emerald cut rubies
Gold ring with diamonds and emerald cut rubies

Rubies are a variety of the gem species Corundum. The stone is harder than any natural gemstone except for diamonds, meaning it is durable enough for everyday wear.

Gold ring with rose cut diamonds and cabochon rubies
Gold ring with rose cut diamonds and cabochon rubies

Fine-quality rubies are extremely rare, and the color is the most important factor when valuing the gem. The most esteemed color is a medium or medium-dark vivid red (slightly purplish red). If the gem is too light or has too much purple or orange, it will be called a fancy-color sapphire.

Gold bracelet with rose cut diamonds and cabochon rubies
Gold bracelet with rose cut diamonds and cabochon rubies

The brightest and most valuable color of Ruby is called “a Burmese Ruby” – an indication that it is a rich, hot, full red color with a slight blue hue. This color is also often referred to as “Pigeon’s Blood” red. The pigeon’s blood color is associated with the Mogok Valley mines in Myanmar and, contrary to what one may think, it is not associated with the color of a pigeon’s blood but rather the color of a white pigeon’s eye.

Are you incorporating rubies in your July wardrobe? Tell us in the comments…

Check out our previous Gemstone of the month here.


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