Know Everything About Birthstone of July: Ruby and Ruby Jewelry
Ruby the blood
red colored gemstone is a rare beauty. Ruby is believed to be from
the family of corundum. There are basically two types of corundum.
One is ruby
and the other is popularly known as sapphire.
There are subcategories of sapphire too. Ruby is the red corundum
which may be transparent or translucent and it is very hard. It is
chemically aluminum oxide and the red color is contributed by the
presence of chromium oxide. The depth of the color may vary from
medium to deep and the tone of the color may vary from red to deep
There are a
few famous varieties available in the market. Of all of them Burmese
ruby is considered to the most expensive and rare. It is deep red in
color with a touch of blue commonly referred to as pigeon's blood and
is a very fine variety of ruby. There are Sri-Lanka rubies too. These
semiprecious stones are mined on the Ceylon islands. They are bright
red in color and very pure. The other category is of Thai rubies
which are characterized by deep red color with brownish tones
reflected in it and at times resemble the garnet. The last variety is
of African rubies which are of purplish red color and are very small
Ruby is a very
precious buy and there are few factors to be considered before
investing in them.
foremost thing to be considered is the color of the stone. The deep
red showing purplish overtones are considered to be more expensive
than the one with brown overtones. Moreover the rubies reflecting
orange overtones should not be considered much.
2. The cut of
the stone is another decisive factor and it should be as close to the
original shape of the stone as possible. Cutting also decides the
appraisal of the stone and therefore cutting flaws like striations
and pitting should be as minimal as possible.
3. The weight,
brightness, shape are the other few factors to be considered while
judging the stones.
choker, tiara, pendent, ear rings, necklace made in ruby are very
exclusive. Rubies studded in silver and gold, look equally good and
when ruby is used in combination with other gemstones then the sight
is enthralling. The value of the jewellery made out of ruby depends a
lot on the size of the gemstone and the material in which it is
embedded. Consequently the ruby with gold is costlier than ruby in
silver. Similarly if ruby is used in combination with other gemstones
then here too the price varies. Rubies
are generally used in combination with diamond and this item of
jewellery is quiet expensive.
Ruby is rarely
available since it is not mined much across the world. There are
synthetic rubies too available in the markets, which are cheep but
one has to decide the purpose of buy. If one is only interested in
costume jewellery then a fake ruby is a wise investment. But for
collectors and wearers of precious gemstones, a pure ruby
is like a breath of fresh air.