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Embrace the Radiance of Ruby: July’s Birthstone

July brings with it the fiery and passionate energy symbolised by its birthstone, the magnificent Ruby. Known for its captivating red hue, the Ruby has been cherished throughout history for its beauty and mystical properties.

The Symbolism of Ruby

Rubies are more than just beautiful gems; they symbolise love, passion, and courage. This precious stone has been a symbol of royalty and power for centuries, often adorning the crowns of kings and queens. The name “Ruby” comes from the Latin word “ruber,” meaning red, signifying strength and vitality.

Mystical Properties

Believed to protect its wearer from misfortune and illness, the Ruby is also said to promote emotional balance and confidence. Its vibrant red colour is thought to ignite the spark of life and bring vitality and energy. In ancient times, it was believed that rubies could predict danger and ward off evil spirits. They were also associated with the ability to bring harmony and success in love.

Historical Significance

Rubies have been prized throughout history. Ancient Burmese warriors embedded rubies into their skin before battle, believing that the gem made them invincible. In India, rubies were considered the “king of gems” and were used to honour the Hindu deities. European royalty often used rubies to enhance their crowns and sceptres, symbolising their power and nobility.

Ruby Varieties and Origins

Rubies are primarily found in Myanmar (formerly Burma), but they are also sourced from Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar. The most prized rubies are those with a deep, rich red colour, often referred to as “pigeon’s blood” rubies. The unique formation of each ruby means that no two stones are exactly alike, making each piece of ruby jewellery truly unique.

Caring for Your Ruby

To preserve its stunning beauty, clean your Ruby jewellery with a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Avoid harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures. Rubies are relatively hard, ranking 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, but they can still be chipped or scratched if not handled with care.

Celebrating July Birthdays

Whether you’re a July baby or simply a fan of this radiant gemstone, Ruby jewellery makes a perfect gift. From elegant necklaces and delicate bracelets to striking rings and earrings, there’s a piece to suit every style. Rubies are particularly stunning when set in gold, which enhances their fiery red tones.

Famous Ruby jewellery

Some of the most famous rubies include the Liberty Bell Ruby, the largest mined ruby in the world, and the Burmese Ruby Tiara, part of Queen Elizabeth II’s extensive jewellery collection. These pieces exemplify the timeless allure and grandeur of rubies.

The pieces pictured are available from CMJ suppliers – from left, a two-tone masterpiece double halo ruby belle ring from Michael O’Dwyer, a 9ct white gold octagon ruby & diamond cluster ring with diamond set shoulders from E Alexander & Sons and a 18ct white gold ruby & diamond bracelet and 18ct white gold ruby & diamond pendant from PJ Watson.

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