This week on the Hatton Jewels blog we’re talking about everything Ruby, the birthstone of July! We love this coloured gem here at Hatton Jewels HQ, so we’re going to be taking a look at it’s history, discovering some of it’s most popular uses and design choices, and sharing some of our very own favourite Ruby rings from our boutique shop in Hatton Garden, so read on and get to know more about one of the most beautiful gemstones in the world!
The History of Rubies
The name ruby derives from the word ‘ruber’ which is Latin for red. The first written historical account of rubies can be traced back to around 200 B.C. It is one of the most significant gemstones, and has been valued by Kings throughout the ages.
It is one of only four ‘precious’ gemstones, along with sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, and is almost identical in nature to sapphires as they are both made from a crystallised aluminium oxide. A ruby is also the second hardest gemstone in the world.
What do Rubies represent?
Rubies represent love, passion, courage and emotion due to it powerful red colour. The richness of its colour is determined by how much chromium is in the environment during the stone’s formation. The most prized shades of this gemstone are known as pigeon blood red rubies, but they can also vary in lightness to appear pink. If the shade of pink is below a certain lightness, the stones are then classified as pink sapphires.
Flawless rubies are extremely rare. Small amounts of typical rutile inclusions can improve the colour of the stone by breaking up and scattering the light throughout the stone.
Where do Rubies come from?
Rubies have traditionally been mined in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia and more recently in central and eastern Africa, in Tanzania and Mozambique. It is common for rubies to be heated to improve colour and remove impurities. Unheated rubies are the most scarce and fetch high premiums especially from Burma (Myanmar).
Ruby Wedding Anniversary
As well as being the the birthstone for July and the zodiac gemstone for Aries. Rubies are also the recommended gem for couples celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and a great alternative to diamonds for engagement rings.
If you’re interested in visiting our showroom in the heart of Hatton Garden to see any of our Ruby jewellery, simply book an appointment online or give us a call on 0203 116 0069 and speak to one of our friendly, expert members of staff who can help guide you through any type of jewellery purchase.
We’ve helped 1000’s of customers over the year’s design custom engagement rings, choose the perfect present for an anniversary, sell unwanted jewellery and choose jewellery for many special occasions, so if there is something you’d like but can’t see online, we’re confident we can make it to your exact needs, just get in touch!