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Ruby is the red variety of corundum, the second hardest natural mineral known. The red color in ruby is caused by trace amounts of chromium. Ruby gets its name from the Latin word "ruber" or red because it is the red variety of the mineral corundum. Ruby is also known as the "King of Gems". Many legends and myths have been inspired by its rich history.Ruby jewelry was thought to protect their owners from misfortune and to ensure harmony with their neighbors.
One of the hardest minerals, rubies are durable gemstones that have been in demand since ancient times. Ruby is the birthstone of July. Each woman will be grateful to have a wonderful ruby jewelry piece in this beautiful month. Special gemstones have been linked to dates of birth for centuries. Many cultures originally assigned a specific stone to each sign of the zodiac, but over time the tradition shifted until it became common for a different gemstone to represent each month of the year.
Rubies come from all over the world but good gemstones are found at Thailand, India, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, North Carolina in the U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Kampuchea, and perhaps most notably, Burma. Natural gems are brought to us courtesy of nature, with no interference from humans. By the time they appear in jewelry they've been cut or polished, but they've not been treated or altered in other ways. All gemstones are weighed by the carat. 1 carat = 0.2 grams or 5 carats = 1 gram.
Natural gemstones are genuine gems, but not all natural or genuine gemstones are valuable, so don't be fooled into thinking that all natural or genuine gemstones are desirable. Jewelry that includes quality synthetic gems can be just as beautiful as jewelry made with natural stones. You should get information about the ruby jewelry before you pay a premium price for it. Don't confuse synthetic stones with imitation stones. An imitation is the same color as a gemstone and may resemble it closely, but its chemical characteristics are completely different.
It's important for any shopper to understand ruby jewelry terms before buying it. Always check for loose gemstones and clasps before wearing your jewelry. Always remove your ruby jewelry when engaging in activities where there is a risk of impact or exposure to chemicals. If you cannot remove your rings when using strong cleaning products, protect your jewelry and your skin as well by wearing rubber gloves. Use soapy water solutions or commercially available cleaning solvents. While mechanical cleaners are generally safe, avoid these if your stone is heavily included.
Ruby jewelry will begin to play an increasingly important role when you complement and build your personal jewelry wardrobe the same way you build your clothes wardrobe. If you wear a lot of black or gray, think about complementing those colors with a red gemstone such as ruby. Let's think about our own gemstones which provide the variety of color, shape, style, and quality we require to express ourselves in a more personal way.