For thousands of years before Judy Garland clicked her ruby slipper heels together in The Wizard of Oz, we have been captivated by rubies. As the birthstone for the month of July, rubies are known for their deep, rich red color and are considered to be second to the diamond as one of the most prized gemstones throughout history.
The origin of birthstones is believed to date back thousands of years to the time of Moses. It is believed that the Breast Plate of the High Priest was made with twelve colored gem stones representing the twelve tribes of Israel, and a corresponding gemstone was attributed to each color. Over time, people began wearing one gemstone each month, then transitioned to wearing their own birthstone all year-long. Each birthstone is said to represent magical powers, ward off evil or help cure illness.
The ruby’s red color symbolizes love and passion. The word ruby comes from the Latin word “ruber” meaning red. The ancient Hindus referred to this gem as “Rajnapura” meaning “King of Gems” and was considered to have magical powers. It was worn to ward off evil and cure indigestion. It was believed that the ruby’s red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making the a gift of a ruby symbolic of everlasting love.
When considering buying a ruby, you will want to look for a stone with the best color. Almost all quality rubies have inclusions, although they will not be visible to the naked eye. Look for a clear stone with few inclusions and beautiful color.
Take a look at some of our favorite designs featuring rubies. Leave us a comment and let us know which one is your favorite.
Roberto Coin Ruby and Diamond Snake Bracelet
~In 1996, Roberto Coin started signing his jewels by setting a small ruby hidden on the inside of each piece. According to an ancient belief, wearing a ruby close to the skin promoted long life, health and happiness. Placing the ruby inside each of his designs has become a tradition and the exclusive signature of every jewel by Roberto Coin.
JB Star Ruby, Diamond and Fancy Yellow Diamond Earrings
John Hardy Slim Dome Ring with Rubies in 18k Rose Gold
Bez Ambar Oval Ruby and Diamond Ring
JB Star Ruby and Diamond Ring and Bracelet
Rolex Day-Date II in Everose with Baguette-cut diamond hour markers and baguette-cut rubies at 6 and 9 o’clock