Bold and rich red, rubies are the “king of precious gems”. Chromium gives this corundum its color. The name ruby come from the Latin word ruber, meaning “red”. They are found on the southern Asian continent, eastern African continent, and southern Greenland. Natural rubies can be very valuable, depending on the quality of the gem. There are a number of processes used to alter the color, apparent clarity, or improve the durability of gems. There are also synthetic options available on the market as well. These synthetic counterparts have essentially the same properties as the natural, but are grown in a lab. Ruby is the birthstone for July and the official gemstone for the 40th and 15th anniversary.
Known for the color of love and passion, rubies have sought after by modern jewelry wearers and ancient peoples alike. Dating back to 600 AD, Burmese warriors would implant rubies into their skin because of their belief that the gem could provide them with the power of invincibility. Rubies were also believed to allow its owner to live in peace with their enemies. Rubies are mentioned in the Bible 4 times. Always being associated with wisdom and beauty, it has been called “the most precious of the 12 stones created by God”.
A perfect gift to a lover, rubies are a symbol of passion and desire. They have held the lore to bring success in love, wisdom, wealth, and health. Inextinguishable flame burning in the stone, ruby is the color of power and passion.
3rd Generation Jeweler and Sales Manager for Wirt’s Jewelers