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July Birthstone: Ruby

July Birthstone: Ruby

July Birthstone: Ruby

           July babies, it’s time to welcome the gorgeous red ruby with open arms.
The seventh month of the year is its time to shine!
Ruby diamond earrings
14k white gold 0.82ctw ruby/0.13ctw diamond halo stud earrings
18k white gold 2.05ctw ruby/0.56ctw diamond hoop earrings
14k white gold 0.75ct marquise ruby/0.26ctw diamond halo ring

          Ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum, just like sapphire. Ruby and sapphire have the same chemical composition and mineral structure. Wait, what?!  Yes - that means they are the same gem! Ruby is technically the red version of a sapphire, but we don't call it "red sapphire". What makes other colors of sapphires is trace amounts of other elements, but that's a blog post for another day!

Marquise ruby diamond halo ring14k white gold 0.75ct marquise ruby/0.26ctw diamond halo ring

           Rubies and sapphires are extremely durable gemstones, measuring 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. Diamond is the only gem harder than these stones. Rubies (and sapphires) make great center stones in "alternative" engagement rings for this reason, aside from the fact that they’re totally gorgeous!

Marquise ruby and diamond cluster band 14k white and rose gold 1.0ctw marquise ruby/0.86ctw diamond band

          Rubies are included stones, meaning that many have internal marks visible to the eye. The clearer the stone is (like glass), and the brighter the color, the better the quality is and the more expensive the stone will be.
ruby anniversary stackable band

 14k white gold marquise station
anniversary/stackable band with rubies
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Estate ruby and diamond halo pendant
Esate 14k yellow gold 1.50ctw double oval ruby
and 0.29ctw diamond halo pendant
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           A ruby’s red color makes it a symbol of love, passion, health, and protection. According to an ancient belief, wearing a ruby against the skin could keep you healthy and protected. That's a pretty good reason to treat yourself to new ruby jewelry, don't you think?!

           Like emeralds, actress Elizabeth Taylor wore some of the most amazing ruby jewels. A lavish gift from her husband was the Cartier Ruby Suite, which included a ruby and diamond necklace fit for a queen, along with earrings and a bracelet to match. According to Forbes, this collection may have been worth around $600,000!

Cartier Ruby Suite Image Source: Forbes

Shop our collections of ruby jewelry in West Hartford & Old Saybrook. If you need birthday gift ideas for a July baby, just let us know and we’ll help you find the perfect gift!

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West Hartford - 65 LaSalle Road (860) 521-3202

Old Saybrook - 105 Elm Street (860) 391-8281

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