With the ruby’s mesmerizing blood-red hue, any highly-imaginative person could easily see it as having sinister mystical powers. In reality, July’s birthstone is known for the representing the opposite: ancient Hindu people believed that the red gemstone protected wearers from evil. Although beliefs like this still persist to this day, modern people also associate the ruby with faithfulness, integrity, harmony, nobility of character, love and passion.
Historically, these beautiful red rubies were prized highly by royalty and military men in some Asian countries, such as in India and China. There, armor and sword sheaths, and harnesses were traditionally festooned with rubies, while building foundations had rubies laid beneath them in order to bring good luck to the premises.
Perhaps helping boost the red ruby’s is the fact that these precious stones are second only to the diamond in terms of being harder than any other natural gemstone around, making it hardy enough for daily use. Aside from being particularly durable, rubies are beloved for their color – a quality that has the biggest effect on the gemstone’s value. According to experts, a medium-dark vivid red is the most valuable color for rubies. Dull, dark or extremely light rubies are less favored than brighter rubies, and lighter red or pink rubies are classified as pink sapphires.
Aside from gleaning the ruby’s value based on the color, clarity is also important in assigning value to rubies. A ruby buyer must also understand that most rubies contain inclusions which may be seen by the unaided eye. Although there are rubies with fewer inclusions, these are rarer and more expensive. To find a good ruby, a buyer should check for an “eye-clean” stone where inclusions aren’t easily visible to the naked eye.
The stone’s cut is also essential. Fine-quality rubies are symmetrical, reflect light evenly, and have a depth percentage of about 65% to 80%, a deeper cut makes the ruby appear smaller but will also be more colorful than those cut to normal proportions. Shallow cut rubies look bigger than they really are and will have a lighter hue than deep-cut stones, so it’s important to check each ruby properly before making a purchase.
Rubies are beautiful precious stones, with their deep red hue, durability and the various symbolisms (such as love, passion, and peace) it carries. These make the lovely gemstones a perfect gift to special July birthday celebrants, as well as unique modern engagement ring alternatives to the more traditional diamond. Anyone who receives or owns a high-quality ruby will be truly lucky, not only because the stone supposedly brings good fortune, but also because the ruby is true wonder to behold – and it’s one that will stay beautiful for years to come thanks to its innate toughness.
For more information on ruby jewelry, whether you’re looking to purchase a piece or have some cleaned, check out the Bailey Banks and Biddle online shop or feel free to drop by any of the Bailey Banks and Biddle boutique locations. There, you may find expert advice from one of America’s most reliable jewelry retailers on rubies and other jewelry items.
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