When it comes to capturing the essence of beauty and elegance, few gemstones can rival the timeless allure of the ruby. As the birthstone for the month of July, this precious gem holds a special place in the hearts of those born in this midsummer month. With its captivating red hue and rich symbolism, the ruby has long been cherished and sought after by jewellery connoisseurs around the world. Join us on a journey as we explore the fascinating world of rubies and their significance in the realm of antique jewellery.
Art Deco Style Ruby and Diamond Platinum Panel Cocktail Ring
Here’s everything you need to know about this beautiful July birthstone to hopefully assist in choosing one for yourself or a loved one who was born in the month of July!
The name is derived from the Latin word ‘ruber’, meaning “red”, the colour of love and passion. The finest colour of the birthstone for July is a deep red with a hint of purple, known as “pigeon’s blood”. A variety of the mineral corundum, ruby gets its colour from trace amounts of the element chromium. The more chromium, the stronger the red.
A Symbol of Love and Power
Rubies have long been associated with love, passion, and courage. In ancient times, the ruby was believed to hold the power of life, offering protection and warding off misfortune. It was considered a talisman of strength, vitality, and devotion. Royalty and nobility throughout history have adorned themselves with these precious gems as a symbol of power and wealth. Ancient cultures such as the Hindus and Burmese regarded the ruby as the "ratnaraj," meaning the king of gemstones.
Timeless Beauty in Antique Jewellery
Antique jewellery, with its rich history and unique craftsmanship, perfectly showcases the eternal beauty of rubies. From intricate Victorian designs to the glamorous Art Deco era, rubies have adorned exquisite pieces of jewellery, making them timeless treasures. Antique ruby rings
, and earrings
exude an aura of sophistication and mystique, transporting us to a bygone era of glamour and luxury. The combination of rubies with other gemstones, such as diamonds
, creates breathtaking and truly one-of-a-kind pieces that are treasured heirlooms.
Ruby Paste and Diamond Crescent Brooch, Dated 1905
Ruby Engagement Rings
This fiery stone is one of the rarest (and most romantic) precious stones, almost as hard and durable as diamond
. It’s becoming increasingly popular for engagement rings, associated with love and passion, protection, and wealth.
Vintage Synthetic Ruby Flower Cluster Halo Gold Ring
Caring for Your Ruby Jewellery
To ensure that your ruby jewellery retains its captivating beauty for generations to come, it is important to care for it properly. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Regular Cleaning: Gently clean your ruby jewellery using a mild soap and lukewarm water. Use a soft brush to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated.
Storage: Store your ruby jewellery in a separate compartment or a soft pouch to prevent scratches. Avoid storing it with other jewellery that may cause damage.
Avoid Chemicals: Avoid exposing your ruby jewellery to harsh chemicals, including household cleaners and chlorine, as they may dull or damage the gemstone.
Professional Inspection: Periodically have your ruby jewellery inspected by a professional jeweller to check for any loose settings or damage that may need repair.
As the July birthstone, the ruby embodies a profound sense of passion, love, and power. Its timeless beauty and rich symbolism make it a cherished gemstone in the realm of antique jewellery. Whether you're looking for a meaningful gift or seeking to add a touch of vintage elegance to your personal collection, antique ruby jewellery is a captivating choice. Embrace the allure of this mesmerising gemstone and let the ruby's fiery brilliance illuminate your style for years to come.
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from antique pieces to modern classics, we have something for everyone.
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If you'd like to expand your knowledge on Rubies even further, we recommend taking look at the links below.
1. Gemological Institute of America (GIA) - Rubies
2. International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) - Ruby Guide
3. International Gem Society (IGS) :Ruby Value, Price, and Jewelry Information