July Birthstone: What You Need to Know About Rubies
It’s time to celebrate one of our favorite sparkling gems. As July’s precious birthstone, rubies are taking center stage this month! According to ancient lore, the captivating red ruby symbolizes wealth, power and protection. It was thought that the mystical qualities of this “blood-colored stone” brought peace to those who possessed it, offering a shield from evil and danger.
This esteemed gemstone is considered the most precious by the Bible, lord of the gemstones by the Indians, and king of precious stones by the Hindus.
In honor of the magical, fiery stone of the month, we’re giving you a few tips on what to look for when picking one out for a birthday gift.
What To Look For
Recognized as one of the rarest gems, this crimson stone is part of the corundum mineral family. The ruby is relatively hard, making it extremely durable for everyday wear.
When buying a ruby, you’ll want to keep several factors to keep in mind. The most important is color. Optimum stones have intense, vibrant tones, hues, and saturation. A medium red is ideal. If it’s too dark, it’ll be difficult to discern if it’s a ruby, and if it’s too light, the color will be washed out.
There are some rubies that glow in ultraviolet light, which is called fluorescing. Small inclusions — or materials trapped within the gemstone — called rutile needles can also enhance the stone’s color by reflection of light inside of the gem.
As far as settings, yellow gold captures the depth and fiery passion of the red ruby, while white gold professes a stark contrast, adding drama and interest. The clarity of brilliant white diamonds beautifully complements the luscious ruby, offering extraordinary balance and definition.
Wear It Well
Here’s a look at some of our stunning pieces, featuring the ruby as the main attraction:
Uneek Oval Ruby Ring with Scallop-Style Diamond Halo and Tapered Shank
Set in a delicate tendril of a band, the luxurious oval-shaped ruby is embellished with brilliant scallop-style diamonds, adding a touch of flair and sophistication to this elegant ring. Embrace the virtue and magic of this enchanting piece, honoring its mystical qualities and noble heritage.
Uneek Emerald Cut Ruby Necklace with and Diamond Halo
(Style # LVNMT1234)
Boasting a vintage look and smart design, this piece is suited for special evenings and formal affairs. The rich ruby pendant is surrounded by a diamond halo, finished in 18K white and yellow gold. Delicate diamonds adorn the bail, while fine hand-milgrain hammers in the antique finish. Wearing this spirited gemstone around her neck will warm her heart and soothe her soul.
Uneek Ruby Cluster Stud Earrings with Round Diamond Halo
These little darlings are simple yet stunning. A crimson cluster of simple yet elegant rubies, these halo stud earrings are set in 14K white gold and accented with black rhodolite beads and round brilliant cut white diamonds. The floral design is refreshing and jubilant — perfect for every day or a night on the town!
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