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Ruby is one of the four precious stones along with diamond, sapphire and emerald. Ruby is the third hardest gemstone after diamond and moissanite. For centuries, rubies have been mined, collected, traded, treasured and used in fashion, as the breastplate of high priests and to adorn weapons. Ruby is known as the gemstone of nobles. "Blood red" rubies are considered the most valuable.
Ruby is part of the corundum species. It gets its red color from chromium and their rich red color is pleochroic (color that varies when you view it from different directions). Rubies have been found in Southeast Asia (Burma, now Myanmar), Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Middle East.
Ruby is the birthstone for the month of July and is also used to commemorate the 40th anniversary of weddings. 🕊️ 💖 💐 💍
Ruby is believed to promote loving, nurturing, health, knowledge and wealth. It has been associated with improved energy and concentration, creativity, loyalty, honor and compassion. Ruby is thought to be protective of home, possessions and family.
Care of Rubies
- To minimize scratching and wear, store each piece of jewelry separately in a soft cloth or padded container.
- The best way to clean ruby jewelry is with warm soapy water or a warm soapy cloth. There is no need to soak your rubies in soapy water, and you’ll want to avoid harsh detergents.
- Never soak rubies in any type of strong solvents such as alcohol, acetone, or paint thinner.