July's Birthstone, Ruby
Rubies are ever popular, and there is no better time to celebrate them than this month, the official birthstone of July; the Ruby. Read on to find out just how this precious gemstone has become and stayed so popular, what to look for when you’re buying Ruby jewellery and how to sell Ruby jewellery you may no longer need.
The History of Rubies
Rubies have been mentioned in the Bible, worn by royalty throughout human history, and believed to protect ancient warriors in battle. They are associated with love, passion, and power. But for all that, their very existence is still considered to be something of a geological miracle.
Experts and professors around the globe are yet to settle on a precise explanation for how rubies are formed. It’s known that a ruby is, in essence, a type of corundum, which is itself colourless when pure, and turns ruby red when chromium is introduced.
Is Ruby popular for engagement rings?
Pipped just by diamond engagement rings, Ruby is the second most popular choice for that special ring. It’s deep symbolism of love, it’s durability, and it's amazing impactful deep red sight make this the perfect engagement ring should you want to stay away from diamonds.
What should I look for when buying Ruby Jewellery?
Rubies are natural gems, and therefore each one looks unique. The shade of their red colour can vary. The best ruby colour is pure and vibrant and not too dark. Rubies should be as clear as possible. However, gemmologists expect all rubies to have some natural lines or markings. This is because completely translucent rubies are extremely rare, if not impossible, to find. Because natural markings in rubies are common, gem cutters have to work around these when shaping a rough stone into a gem.
Are Rubies expensive?
Compared to other coloured gemstones, ruby is the most expensive. Also, large high-quality rubies are rarer than small ones. For that reason, a ruby’s per-carat price increases exponentially with its size. Above one carat, high-quality rubies can get very expensive.
If you are looking to sell your Ruby, or some of your Ruby jewellery, Hatton Jewels can help. We buy all types of ruby jewellery, and particularly fine Rubies. Our large network of buyers means we can often beat any other jewellery house offer, and we will often be able to better any auction house offers as they take considerably high commission on sales. If you are looking to sell your Ruby jewellery, take a look at our Sell Your Jewellery page, where you can quickly send us a picture and description of your jewellery, and we will make an offer usually within 24 hours.
If you’re interested in visiting our showroom in the heart of Hatton Garden in London to see any of our Ruby jewellery, including Ruby engagement rings, bespoke Ruby jewellery, or if you are looking to sell your 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 are able to offer safe, in-person appointments, or virtual appointments with one of our expert team members if you’d like to stay at home.
We’ve helped thousands of customers over the years design custom rings with our bespoke jewellery service, choose the perfect present for an anniversary, sell 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.