The ruby is one of the best-known gemstones, and its dazzling crimson hue has been inducing awe for thousands of years. But, how much do you really know about the July birthstone? Here are three things you might not know about the gem that makes ruby jewelry so exquisite.
It’s the red variety of the same mineral that comprises a sapphire. The red variety of the mineral corundum (and also the most valuable variety), ruby is not only beautiful, but also quite hard. This makes ruby rings such as the Enchanted Ruby Ring in 14K White Gold durable picks as well as glamorous choices.
Its name actually means red. Derived from the Latin word “ruber” (meaning red), the English word “ruby” has become synonymous with a brilliant crimson hue. Showcase this striking color in simple but striking fashion with a pair of striking earrings like the Ruby Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold. Available with your choice of 4mm, 5mm or 6mm stones, this is a pair that will add a touch of uncomplicated sophistication to a wide range of looks.
Ancient cultures believed that that ruby’s glow came from a flame that burned inside the gem. It’s not hard to see how they came to this conclusion. The brilliant warm dazzle of this stone instantly grabs the eye and has allowed the ruby to represent a love that sets your heart aflame. The Engraved Hearts Ruby Engagement Ring is a striking and feminine celebration of love that takes full advantage of the ruby’s glow. A 6.5mm round ruby overlooks a 14K white gold band that’s been adorned with hearts and swirls.
And now here’s one thing you probably do know: the ruby is gorgeous. It has a beauty that has spanned cultures for thousands of years, and its enduring appeal makes ruby jewelry a timelessly glamorous pick.
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