July's Gemstone of Hot & Spicy Fun
Author: Sarah Stephens
SRuby is a
semi-precious gemstone frequently incorporated into some of the most
modern, beautiful handmade jewelry in the world. It is most often
found in shades of opaque or translucent red, and is widely
recognized as the July Birthstone as well as the gemstone for the
15th and 40th anniversaries. But beyond its modern-day uses and
associations, ruby holds a decadent mythological, spiritual and
etymological history that adds nostalgic value to its already strong
aesthetic worth. Read on for more information that will help you fall
in love with your ruby jewelry or inspire you to buy some today!
Ruby is a
variety of the species Corundum, and is one of the most sought-after
precious colored gems in the world. The word ruby is said to come
from the Latin word "rubber" or "rubens," which
Sanskrit, ruby is called "ratnaraj," or "king of
precious stones." Centuries ago, people believed that if a ruby
were placed in a pot of water, it would cause the water to boil.
People also believed that if rubies were placed beneath the skin,
they would generate a mystical force field that would protect the
wearer from mishaps. Red is also the color of blood--the life force
of all mankind.
look best as parts of formal evening jewelry when paired with
diamonds, black onyx or dark blue sapphire. More casual combinations
include softer contrasts of brilliant ruby reds with clear quartz,
emerald or pearls. To see a selection of handmade artisan jewelry
featuring ruby, click here. Ruby is typically considered a
sophisticated gemstone that works well with any outfit. In earrings,
it works especially well to enhance the luster of green or hazel eyes.
a popular colored stone among European royalty and other nobility
because of their intense red color. Whenever a ruby was found, the emperor/royalty
sent out people to see and welcome the precious stone. The ancient
Hindus believed that those who offered fine rubies to the God Krishna
could be granted the life of an emperor in their next lives.
The ruby engagement
ring is often associated with the emotions of love, passion,
majesty, power and anger. Rubies are also believed to open the heart,
attract others, and overcome fear. They were also said to help
predict the future if they change color or intensity. Rubies were
first mined 2500 years ago. While they originated in Sri Lanka, today
rubies are found in Thailand, Mynamar, and Kenya.
score is based on a 10 point scale where 10 is the most resistant,
like a diamond, and 1 is easily scratched, such as Talc. Ruby gets a
score of 9, meaning that it is very scratch resistant and therefore
suitable as a component of jewelry. Ruby gemstones should be
regularly cleaned by a professional or with a soft rag and mild soap
and water. Other methods, including ultra-sonic cleaners, are also
okay as long as they are not oiled. Avoid harsh chemicals when
cleaning your handcrafted jewelry as exposure to these elements can
damage semi-precious and precious gemstones and pearls.
about all semi-precious gemstones, including amethyst, apatite, black
onyx, blue topaz, carnelian, chalcedony, citrine, coral, garnet,
white topaz, crystal, diamond, emerald, iolite, jade, Labradorite,
moonstone, pearl, peridot, prehnite, rose quarz, ruby, sapphire,
smokey topaz, tanzanite, tourmaline and tourquoise when you check out
this gemstone chart.