The infamous birthstone of July, the ruby is one of the more iconic gemstones on the market. Rubies are one of the four precious gemstones. The others are emerald, sapphire, and diamond. Ruby comes from the Latin “Rubens” meaning red. They are made of corundum, which comes in many other colours, but those a classified as sapphires. Ruby measures 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, second to the diamond and matched with the sapphire. This makes rubies an extremely hard and durable gemstone, great for everyday wear.
Fun fact – did you know that the most desirable shade of ruby is called ‘Pigeon’s blood’? This is a deep red with a hint of blue.
What do rubies represent?
For centuries, rubies have been at the forefront of luxury and tradition. Rubies have been known to traditionally represent love, health, and wisdom. Although they are also associated with protection, power, and good fortune. The remarkable gemstone also is used to celebrate 40th wedding anniversaries.
Where do rubies come from?
Rubies have historically been found in Thailand which is one of the leading locations for ruby mining and production, along with Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and India. Other hubs which rubies come from are Cambodia, Afghanistan, Australia, Namibia, Colombia, Japan, Scotland, Brazil, and Pakistan.
In Sri Lanka, the stone has also been found in lighter shades often known as ‘pink sapphires’.
Famous rubies and their value
Rubies are one of the most valuable gemstones, and the prices vary depending on the quality and colour of them. High quality rubies, weighing over 10 carats, can often sell for more than a diamond of a similar size.
The ‘Sunrise Ruby’ is on one of the biggest Burmese Rubies in the world, and in 2015 it sold for over $30 million.
The most famous reference to rubies, is the magic pair of ruby slippers from the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz. Due to their iconic stature, the ruby slippers are among the most valuable items of film memorabilia, they are thought to be worth $3 million.
Caring for your rubies
Caring for your jewellery is important to make sure it not only stays clean, but also maintains its brilliant sparkle and shine all year round.
To care for and clean your ruby you should was with warm water, detergent, and a soft brush. You should avoid mechanical cleaning as this could remove oil treatments. Additionally, high heat can damage a ruby.
For all you gift givers who are looking to wow your loved one, then our ruby pieces are sure to sweep them of their feet, view our online collection here.
Plus, our summer sale is live right now where you can enjoy 20% off everything under £3,000 online or in-store. Enter code ‘SUMMER20’ at our online checkout.
Our experienced and friendly team will always help to guide you through the buying process of any gemstone and will ensure you find the best piece for your taste and budget. You can visit us in store at 4 and 41 Argyll Arcade to discover our range of affordable and beautiful ruby jewellery. We have finance options available too.
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