The extreme summers of the seventh month of the year make July quite perspiring throughout the southern hemisphere, though the Cancer and Leo zodiac month has a whole bunch of things to offer to this world apart from the glaring sun and flaring heat. In the exciting world of precious jewels, the month of July is well known to represent the graceful scarlet rubies that fall majorly under the category of gemstones prescribed for those born in July and governed by the Cancer zodiac sign (22 June – 22 July). So, if you are sincerely committed to your romance partner, then ruby rings are everything you need to reset your fling into wedding swings.
Singing Eternal Verses of Love & Passion: Ruby’s Classic Fashion
The lavish-hued scarlet ruby gemstone got its royal name by drawing inspiration from the Latin term “ruber” which means “red” in English. The red color paints an image of heartfelt love, intense passion, and undying romance apart from representing the feelings of joy, strong will, vitality, and sacrifice which makes it a bumper package. The rubies also inherit these elements from the red color which makes them one of the most desired gemstones.
Tracing the History of “The King of Color Gemstones”
The cherry-hued gemstone finds its reference in the Holy Bible and various ancient texts. Ancient civilizations and cultures would claim that the stone had mystical abilities to predict any dangerous or unfortunate situation. It was also believed that the stone could put anxious and anguished minds at ease and could cure several diseases. In some cultures, the July birthstone was historically associated with youthfulness and extreme power. The Europeans in the medieval age would consider the stone to play a significant part in bestowing the wearer with wisdom, success, good health, and abundant wealth. They would also wear the stone to handle their temper and control their negative emotions. The warriors from Myanmar (erstwhile Burma) would carry rubies as keepsake to win over their enemies on the battlefield.
Ruby’s Phenomenal Red Color
Rubies get their hypnotic red color from the traces of the chromium element in the mineral corundum which they are primarily made up of. It makes the gemstone the only variety of the mineral with its unique identity while the rest of the corundum species are known as “sapphire”.
Since the occurrence of the element may vary from one rock mine to another, we have multiple shades of the color “red” on the color palette. One point to be noted is that the stronger the presence of chromium, the darker the red color of the stone. Also, in the areas of the stone where the concentration of chromium is high, a bright fluorescence is emitted when it is placed under ultraviolet light.
The ideal quality stones exhibit striking saturation levels, with color tones ranging from medium to somewhere between medium to dark undertones. While the acceptable color range for ruby may include tints of pink, orange, and purple, the finest of the stones possess deep red hues with a purple tinge, famously known as the “pigeon blood red”.
Identifying the Ruby Reserves
Talking about where these timeless gems were first extracted from, Burma ( now Myanmar) is recorded as the oldest (more than 500 years old) and the richest reserves with the Mogok region abundant in excellent quality rubies. By the end of the 1900s, Vietnam emerged as an alternate source of natural rubies with the Luc Yen area in the northern region and the Quy Chau region in southern Vietnam producing red-colored to purplish-reddish-hued rubies.
Also, Mozambique in Africa has new but famous deposits of Mogok comparable rubies. The border region between Cambodia and Thailand was also home to natural reserves of ruby for several years in the 20th century. In the contemporary world, countries such as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kenya, Madagascar, and Tanzania are rich in ruby mines.
Considering Durability & Affordability When Shopping for Ruby Jewelry
Rubies are considered one of the highest-valued color gemstones with the ones having the dark tones sitting atop the price pyramid. For instance, the “pigeon blood” hued stones and those producing fluorescence effects are more expensive than the rest. Also, the larger the crystal size, the greater it would be valued since more than one carat-sized stones are rare to be found.
In addition, rubies score 9 on the 10-point Mohs scale of hardness, which makes them extremely durable and convenient to wear without the fear of getting scratched or damaged. This is one of the reasons why rubies are favored the most for engagement or wedding rings.
Dealing in Artificial Rubies
Due to the acute rarity of fine quality gems in addition to their heavy demand and sky-rocketing price, scientists began large-scale production of lab-cultured rubies around hundred years back. The most fascinating thing about these lab-grown variants is that they are sustainable or environment friendly and at the same time have the exact optical and chemical structure as that of their natural counterparts.
They are available at prices lower than that of the natural ones and could also be developed in large carat weights while maintaining decent clarity and color effects. So, buying a synthetic one could be a better catch and pocket friendly as well if you are tight on budget or wish to adorn yourself with several rubies of significant sizes.
Parting Words Rubies give off vintage vibes and yet at the same time are coveted by those from the modern age as well. Traditionally, this gemstone is the best choice to congratulate married couples who have been together for 15 years and as many as 40 years of their life. The passionate hues of this stone can rekindle estranged relationships and can fill lonely hearts with endless joy. Let us escort you to the scarlet world of attractive ruby jewelry where you can pick your ideal style out of our grand collection of ruby jewelry.