The ruby is a gemstone belonging to the corundum mineral family and possesses a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale. Its name can be traced to the Latin word 'Rubens' which means red. The ruby is the birthstone for July and the 40th wedding anniversary is known as the ruby anniversary. It is a symbol of immortal love. Little wonder that rubies area popular buy during Valentines.
The finest rubies are found in Burma's Mogok valley. Arm yourself with information on ruby jewelry to make an informed choice. Ruby rings or earrings studded with rubies make an excellent gift.
Rubies are durable and hard. Ruby is a hard stone surpassed only by diamond and moissanite on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. They cannot be scratched easily. Rubies make for excellent gemstones in jewelry. While ruby jewelry set with large rubies is more expensive, small stones cost lesser. Rubies that are a bright blood red are priced more than ones that are pink.
Some ruby gemstones have inclusions and may appear cloudy. Presence of inclusions also indicates that the ruby may crack or chip. Defective rubies with black spots or double-shades are considered inauspicious. Synthetic or created rubies are man-made and posses a composition similar to the real ruby gemstone.
Ruby jewelry, be it a ring or earring, is often teamed with diamonds and set in gold or silver. The contrast of red rubies with the white brilliance of diamonds makes for a startling combination. Select rubies that are medium toned - not too dark, not too light.Contemporary patterns in ruby jewelry have made it extremely popular.
Ruby jewelry can be bought in exquisite handcrafted styles and patterns. The size, quality and color of the rubies decide the price of the ruby jewelry. Rubies are generally set in oval, marquise or cushion-cut. Check if the ruby in the jewelry has been heated before buying it. Ruby jewelry can be cleaned with ultrasonic cleaners or soapy solution.
Ruby jewelry in antique patterns has a timeless beauty. It is resplendent with the romance and artistry of a bygone era. In fact a bride will feel special and treasured to be gifted with an antique filigree ruby ring or handcrafted ruby earring. Be it bracelets, brooches, pendants or crosses, ruby jewelry comes in patterns that appeal to all.
Antique and vintage ruby jewelry can be picked up at antique jewelry auctions. Engagement rings and wedding bands are often set with brilliant rubies. You can select them in gold, white gold or platinum.
Caring for your rubies
Often rubies can appear cloudy over time due to the accumulation on its surface. You can clean rubies at home with a mixture of warm water and mild liquid soap. Gently clean it with a soft toothbrush and rinse in warm water. Dry it with a lint-free cloth. You can even go in for jewelry cleaning solutions.