July’s birthstone is the passionate Ruby!
Ruby is also traditionally a gift given for those celebrating 15th or 40th anniversaries. The name ruby comes from the Latin word for red, rubeus. The rich red colour of the ruby is caused by the element chromium, which also makes the gem glow from within when exposed to sunlight due to UV rays interacting with this element. However Chromium also causes cracks and fissures which is why it is very rare to find large rubies. The tone of red found can vary from dark rich red to a more pink red and the most desirable shade is rather creatively called ‘pigeons blood’. Rubies are part of the corundum family. Corundum gemstones are only classified as rubies if they are red, if they are any other colour they are categorised as sapphires.
One of our favourite rubies here at SHJ, is a Thai ruby. They are a beautiful pink shade of red and is really highlighted by sparkling white diamonds in the band of this ring.
Rubies were regarded by ancient Hindus as the “king of gems.” It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. Today, the ruby’s deep-red colour is a symbol of passion, protection and prosperity. The gem is believed to amplify energy, heighten awareness, promote courage and bring success in wealth, love and battle. In ancient times, a ruby was worn as an amulet to ward off the plague and diseases.
One of the most famous gemstones in the British Crown Jewels is the Black Princes Ruby, which actually isn’t a ruby at all but a red spinel.
The DeLong star ruby has one of the most precise 6 ray stars in a 100 plus carat ruby.
Click here to explore Sarah Hickey Jewellery’s collection of ruby jewellery!