Sunday, July 1, 2012

Ruby is the July Birthstone

Stunning 50 carat Ruby and Diamond earrings at Fourtane

For those celebrating a birthday in July, Ruby is the traditional birthstone.

Art Deco Ruby and Diamond ring circa 1930 at Fourtane

The rich red color of a Ruby emotes love and fiery passion. It is a variety of the mineral Corundum and is the second hardest mineral after a Diamond. Corundum comes in an array of colors and is considered a Sapphire in any other color but red. Ruby ranges from pink hue to a vivid "pigeon blood" red, the most beautiful and sought after examples are sourced in Burma.

"Aletto Bros." Burmese Ruby and Diamond Bracelet 18k Yellow Gold and Platinum at Fourtane

Ruby is referred to as "Rajnapura" or King of Gems by the ancient Hindus and has been among the most prized stones throughout history. The Ruby was thought to posses magical powers and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil. It was believed that Ruby's red glow came from an eternal flame that could not be extinguished, making a gift of this stone symbolic of everlasting love and an ideal engagement gem.

Edwardian Ruby, Diamond and Emerald Salamander Brooch at Fourtane

"The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they'll be exempt and free
From lover's doubts and anxiety."

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