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Ruby July’s Desire!

Believed to burn with an inextinguishable internal fire, ruby has historically signified great passion. This fiery red gemstone -the color of the heart- has always been associated with deep love. Also the color of blood, ruby signifies great courage. Ruby’s durability and hardness make it an ideal gemstone for all types of jewelry, especially rings.

July’s birthstone, ruby is also recognized as the traditional gift for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Historically ruby was believed to attract and maintain love. Ruby is a popular gemstone choice for brides who want to express their individuality.

Ruby is recognized as a talisman to ensure harmony, guard against sorrow, inspire confidence and bring great success. The gem of gusto, ruby brings light to the electrifying personality of those who wear it.

With the name derived from the Latin ruber meaning red, the corundum family gem, sister to sapphire, only comes in one color. But, the shades of in which it comes vary from purplish and bluish red to orangey red in medium to dark tones. Color is key when considering value. Prized colors are pure red with no overtones for brown or blue. Better qualities are usually free of inclusions. Ruby  in sizes over 2 carats is rare. In its finest quality, any size is rare.

Rubies are routinely enhanced by traditional hearing methods to produce, intensify or lighten color and/or improve clarity. To clean ruby, use soapy water or commercial solvent and a brush. Mechanical cleaners are generally safe.

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