Of all of the gems in my jewelry box, I don’t pay nearly enough attention to rubies. It’s a shame because July’s birthstone is an interesting one:
- The world’s largest ruby gemstone is the Burmese ruby at 23.1 carats. You can view it at the Museum of Natural History in D.C.
- The word “ruby” is from the Latin word for red: “rubens.”
- In Asian countries, rubies were buried under the foundation of buildings for good fortune.
- Rubies can be more valuable than colorless diamonds.
- Rubies are only slightly softer than diamonds, registering a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
- Rubies can range from orange-red to purplish red. Even though color is a matter of personal preference, the most highly prized rubies are the true red versions.
I was recently introduced to Gifted Jewelry, an online shop with a wide selection of gemstones (including ruby jewelry). I especially love this cocktail-sized ruby ring, but if you’re looking for something more refined this ruby necklace is an elegant option.
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