The Ruby is July’s birthstone and is also traditionally given on a 40th wedding anniversary. The Ruby is considered one of the most desirable gemstones and can often command a price premium similar to a diamond.
Rubies are best known for their deep red colour, but they can actually be found in a wide variety of shades, ranging from near-burgundy to a pale pink. The variation of colours in a ruby will determine its cost, with darker and brighter stones commanding the highest prices.
Rubies are rich in colour and folklore, and for centuries, have signified wealth. Their name is derived from the Latin word ruber, meaning “red” – the colour of love and passion. Rubies have been worn by kings and queens, warrior chiefs, and political figures throughout history.
There are a number of sources for Rubies with the two most important ones being Myanmar and Mozambique. Other Ruby locations include Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Madagascar amongst others. Myanmar is known for producing the best Ruby stones and is known for the mining of “Pigeon-Blood” Rubies, which are highly valued.
From Ruby red lips to Ruby slippers and Ruby Tuesday, no gemstones (except maybe diamonds) have made such an impression on popular culture, making them a perfect and timeless gift, steeped history and symbolism.
We have some beautiful Ruby pieces available for you to shop online or in store.