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Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby Aha-aha-aaa

Theo Fennell Black Rhodium Plated 18ct White Gold Diamond & Ruby Skull Tryst Ring

Ruby is the birthstone for those born in July and the properties associated with this splendid stone include devotion, integrity, courage and happiness.  Many people believe that rubies also contain healing properties, specifically linked to blood and dealing with infections as well as increasing positive thoughts.

The colour of a ruby can vary between pink to deep blood red and the stone is named after ruber in Latin which means red. Rubies have played an important part in Asian history, they were used to decorate armour, harnesses and scabbards of noblemen in India and China and also were laid beneath building foundations to bring good fortune to the structure and its new tenants.
Rubies are very durable, having a hardness rating of 9.0 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Amongst the other natural gems found today, only the diamond is stronger and harder with a rating on the same scale of 10.0.  All natural rubies contain imperfections, which can vary from colour impurities to needle inclusions.  Almost all rubies today are treated with heat treatment being the most common.  However that is not to say that EVERY ruby is treated - completely untreated rubies that are of an excellent quality command a steep price. Rubies have historically been mined in Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The Mogok Valley in Burma was for many centuries the worlds one stop for rubies and subsequently produced some of the finest and most valuable rubies ever mined.  In recent years, very few rubies of a good standard have been found here though and focuses have switched to Namya, Burma.The only mainland country in Europe to have naturally occurring rubies is Macedonia and these gems have a very unique and distinctive raspberry colour.

The Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC is home of to one of the largest and finest rubies courtesy of businessman Peter Buck. Mr Buck donated the 23.10 carat ring, pictured, in memory to his late wife.  The delightful stone has a deep red colour with vivid red reflections and it was one of the greatest finds when it was mined in Burma in the 1930s.

Featured Image: Theo Fennell Black Rhodium Plated 18ct White Gold Diamond & Ruby Skull Tryst Ring £1295.00.