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JULY BIRTHSTONE | RUBY

JULY BIRTHSTONE | RUBY

Which color would you spontaneously associate with love, passion, and power?  It is obvious, red is the color of love.  It radiates warmth and a strong sense of vitality.

Rubies are historically known as the stone of love.  In addition to being the birthstone for July, rubies are also a traditional gift for celebrating 15th or 40th Anniversaries.

For thousands of years ruby has been considered one of the most valuable gemstones on Earth.  It has everything a precious stone should have.  Magnificent color, excellent hardness, and outstanding brilliance.  In addition to that, it is extremely rare in the finer qualities.

Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum.  Pure corundum is colorless. It is chrome and slight traces of iron, titanium or vanadium that is responsible for its color.

 Ruby is from the same mineral group as sapphire.  Sapphires are found in every color of the rainbow.  Every sapphire is made up of the same substance called aluminum oxide.  Pure aluminum oxide is transparent.  Trace elements within the sapphire cause various colors.  Small amounts of chromium result in a ruby.  Blue sapphires contain iron & titanium.  The reason rubies are much rarer than blue sapphires are because there is far less chromium in the earth than iron & titanium (depending on which deposit it is from).  It is the coloring element chrome that is responsible for its scarcity.

The most important quality about this precious gem is its color.  The red of the ruby is incomparable.  Two magical elements are associated with the symbolism of this color: fire and blood.

Sources for ruby are Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, India, Africa, Laos, Nepal, and Afghanistan.

Ruby is one of the world’s most expensive gems.  In 2011, an 8.24 carat ruby ring belonging to Elizabeth Taylor and made by Van Cleef and Arpels sold at auction for 4.2 million, with the price per carat at approximately 500,000.00.  The most expensive ruby ever sold was the “Hope Ruby” which weighs 32.08 carats and sold for 6.74 million dollars!

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Melissa Miner
Melissa Miner - Graduate Gemologist, G.I.A

Melissa Miner is a Graduate Gemologist from the G.I.A, one of the most recognized titles in the diamond industry. They are trusted experts for accurately identifying and grading the unique characteristics of diamonds and colored gemstones. Melissa has logged over 20,000 hours of live TV in the home shopping industry! She has a broad product category adeptness, but her favorite is the jewelry category presenting exquisite gemstones and diamonds.

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