Rubies are most commonly mined in Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, India Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Rubies are one of the most historic of the gemstones. The name ruby comes from the latin ruber meaning red. The glowing red suggested an inextinguishable flame burning in the gemstone, and is most associated with objects of power and desire.
Early cultures treasured rubies for their relative color to the blood that flowed through their veins, believing rubies held the power of life. They are most historically mentioned in the Bible, associated with attributes of beauty and wisdom. Ancient Hindus also believed those who offered rubies to the god Krishna would be reborn as emperors.
While legends in India believe rubies allowed their owners to live in peace with their enemies, in Europe rubies became one of the most sought-after gemstones of royalty and wealth. In Medieval times Europeans wore the stone to guarantee health, wisdom, and success in love.
Today, real rubies, as well as synthetic rubies, are used in nearly every type of jewelry, including ruby wedding rings, anniversary bands, and engagement rings to symbolize the endless flame of love and desire.
Ruby is a great gemstone for everyday wear, which is why many love this beautiful red gem and of course, red is the color of passion and love. Need to add a little color to your look? Rubies pair well with most anything: a little black dress, jeans and a t-shirt, or a stunning ball gown! Experiment pairing this July birthstone with other gemstones, as well. Rubies and diamonds are a stunning combination, and rubies and sapphires are a fun way to bring color to your style!
Ruby is the red variety of the mineral Corundum. The red color is caused by the presence of chromium.
Cleaning & Care
Rubies can easily be cleaned at home using warm soapy water and a soft brush. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners may also be used by trained professionals. Fracture-filled, cavity-filled, or dyed rubies should only be cleaned with a damp cloth.
Rubies are most commonly heat treated to improve their rich color and appearance.
Scratch resistance through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.
3.97 - 4.05
The relation between the density of any substance and the density of water.
1.762 - 1.770
The ratio of the velocity of light in a vacuum to its velocity in a specified medium.