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The Stunning Ruby, a Symbol of Passion

The Stunning Ruby, a Symbol of Passion

 

July has arrived and it is time to take a peek at the July birthstone...ruby!  Many people do not know this, but ruby and sapphire are the same gemstones.   They are both members of the chromium mineral species.  Their difference in color derives from the metals and impurities found within each stone, so essentially a ruby is a red sapphire.  Pretty cool fact!

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Rubies have been treasured for thousands of years due to their romantic, passionate, and exciting red colors.  Kings and queens have worn the gem in various ways as a representation of their power and dominance.  It is a stone that has been mentioned in the Bible as well as other ancient texts.  Ruby is one of the four precious gemstones with the other three being sapphire, emerald, and diamond.  All other gemstones are known as semi-precious.

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Not only is this stunning gem the perfect birthstone for the hot summer month of July, but it is also the traditional gemstone gift for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversary.  What is wonderful about rubies is they are low in maintenance.  They are durable and one of the few stones that are almost scratch-resistant, only a diamond is harder.  Rubies are one of those gemstones that people have tried to imitate, there are many fakes on the market.   Rubies are precious gemstones and therefore their prices should reflect this.  Due to their value and allure, there is no question as to why rubies are so popular around the world.
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