Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Ruby - July's Birthstone

The word ruby comes from the Latin “ruber,” which means red. They are a form of corundum, a mineral with a hardness of 9 on the Mohs’ scale of mineral hardness.

Red Garnet Madagascar Ruby Neo Victorian Choker

Red corundum is called ruby, and sapphires are blue corundum. Rubies are thought to have magical powers, and have been worn by countless members of royalty as protection against evil.

Red Ruby Faceted Teardrop Briolette Silver Petal Earrings

Rubies come from India, Madagascar, Thailand, Zimbabwe, North Carolina, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Kampuchea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Burma.

Katherine handmade earrings - red ruby and sterling silver

The first lasers were made from lab-grown rubies!

Ruby Garden - Matte Finish Silver Floral Earrings with Ruby Teardrop Dangle Earrings

Rubies can be any shade from pink to red.

Ruby and Calcite Sterling Bangle

The most sought after are known as “pigeon blood rubies.”

Ruby Pigeon Blood Red .61 carat pear AAA Color

Rubies are commonly found in a zoisite matrix, deep green accenting the lush reds.

Ruby in Zoisite necklace with Garnets on Sterling Silver Wire

A stone of fire, perfect for a warm summer month!


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