We’ve talked about sapphires on our blog previously, so it’s time to give rubies their well deserved attention.
Yep, you may have read previously that rubies and sapphires are sibling gemstones. Both are varieties of the mineral corundum, second to diamonds on the Mohs scale of hardness. Ruby is the red variety of corundum, while sapphires basically represent all the other colors of gem quality corundum (including colorless).
Here are 10 things you may not know about this beautiful birthstone:
1) The word ruby is, in fact, self-explanatory. It comes from the Latin word “rubens,” which means…you guessed it…”red.”
2) That being said, rubies come in virtually all shades of red (50 shades of red…oh, but we digress). They can range from the prized deep, dark red to the equally beautiful pinkish-red.
3) The pinkish variety of rubies are the source of debate amongst jewelers and gemologists, as there is not a truly clear line between these stones and pink sapphires. In the US, there is a minimum saturation of color required for the stone to be considered a ruby.
4) They are not only July’s birthstone, but are also the gemstone that represents your 40th wedding anniversary!
5) Ruby is one of the four gemstones recognized as precious gemstones. Completing the 4 are sapphires, emeralds and, of course, diamonds.
6) There’s a reason that Dorothy’s slippers in The Wizard of Oz were ruby slippers. Rubies are long believed to be a powerful gem that will protect the wearer from evil.
7) In the Bible, rubies are also an important gemstone as they are mentioned four different times and are associated with wisdom and beauty.
8) Some gems in history were thought to be rubies when, in fact, they are not. For instance, the famous Timur Ruby was discovered to be red spinel.
9) The most famous diamond is the Hope Diamond and when it comes to July’s beautiful birthstone, hope holds true. The most expensive ruby is called the “Hope Ruby” and it sold for nearly 7 million dollars.
10) Most of the world’s gem quality rubies come from Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar and Thailand.
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