14 July 2016

The Birthstone of July - Ruby

The ruby is one of the four recognised precious stones together with emerald, sapphire and diamond. The name ruby comes from the Latin word rubens which simply means red, and can be found in many different shades. The most sought after is the pigeon or dove blood ruby, because of its beautiful deep shade.

Ruby is deemed by many cultures to be the most precious gemstone. It is often associated with the sun and is believed to possess many positive effects and mystical properties. Ruby is also known as the stone of courage and passion.

The most rare and highly valued ruby is the star ruby. Inside of the ruby is what appears to be a six-ray star with perfect symmetry. A beautiful feature of this stone is that the centre of the star moves when the stone is moved. It is usually found within smaller stones, of a weight of three carats or less.

Some famous rubies include the "Rosser Reeves Star Ruby," the "Edwardes Ruby," the "De Long Star Ruby"  and the "Hope Ruby".

Below we have chosen a selection of some of Grays most beautiful ruby items.

Victorian ring set with Burma ruby and two old cut diamonds, in 18ct yellow gold. Available from Alexandra Engagement Rings

An 18ct white gold set ruby eternity ring, available from S. Greenstein

Edwardian dragonfly brooch set with ruby, pearl and diamond 15ct gold. Available from Wimpole

Gold mounted ruby and rose cut diamond cufflinks in 18ct gold, circa 1890. Available from Nigel Norman

1950s Dark Red Ruby Cluster Ring surrounded by a row of white clean diamonds. Set in 18ct White Gold. Available from DB Gems

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