The History of Ruby
RENOWNED FOR THEIR REDNESS IN COLOUR, rubies were first discovered over 50 million years ago when the India subcontinent collided with the Asia subcontinent, causing the Himalayas to rise. Naturally formed under the earth’s crust before being brought to the earth’s surface in igneous rocks, the July birthstone is made up of the mineral corundum. A naturally colourless deposit, when combined with trace amounts of impurities, produces a wide variety of reds.
The most desired form of corundum, rubies most sought after colours range from deep reds to pinkish reds. Take a closer look at ruby in the sunlight and you will see an intense red glow that is both eye-catching and inspiring. In today’s market, you will find that most rubies have been heat treated to improve or intensify their colour. A process that also helps to remove inclusions by causing them to dissolve.
Once treated, the June birthstone is then cut into a range of gemstone shapes and set into the most exquisite jewellery designs. Amongst wearers, the most popular choices of cuts are the oval cut and the cushion cut. However, thanks to rubies extreme hardness, they are suitable for faceting in any cut.
What Do Rubies Symbolise?
For centuries, rubies have been symbolic of love and affection and are often gifted to people born in July as a birthday gift. Traditionally, rubies are also used to celebrate the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries, with many partners giving and/or receiving ruby jewellery as part of the commemoration.
In the spiritual world, ruby is known as a protective stone that can bring happiness and passion into the life of the wearer. Believed to also protect against negative energy. It is often said that ruby helps to decrease anxiety and self doubt.
July Birthstone Jewellery
The birthstone of July, rubies are an exceptional gift to treat yourself or your loved one to. Opt for a romantic heart shaped ruby necklace or keep it sweet and sentimental with a pair of captivating ruby stud earrings.