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Rubies are one of the "precious" gemstones and have been cherrished for centuries.  A member of the Corundum species, rubies are the birthstone for July.  Found in various shades of red, their name is derived from the Latin term for that color.  Chromium is the source for the ruby color with iron contributing to those with more brownish tones. 

Besides the diamond, ruby is the hardest mineral, although this will vary in different directions within the gemstone. Heat treatment is often used to improve coloring. It is common to find inclusions within rubies. Coloring has a lot to do with the value of rubies, but some of the finest rubies are not as opaque as the most commonly occurring rubies. 

Natural Rubies

Natrual Rubies in Findings
Natural Small Rubies in findings

Lab Created Rubies
Lab Created Rubies, emerald cut

Ruby Crystal in Rock
Ruby Crystal in Rock

Color:Varying red
Mohs' Hardness Scale: 9
Density: 3.97 to 4.05
Transparency: Transparent to opaque


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What is your Birthstone?

January:  Garnet   

February:  Amethyst  

March:  Aquamarine, Bloodstone  

April  : Diamond  

May:  Emerald  

June:  Alexandrite, Pearl, Moonstone  

July:  Ruby  

August: Peridot, Sardonyx  

September:  Sapphire  

October: Rose Zircon, Opal, Tourmaline

November:  Topaz  

December:  Blue Zircon, Turquoise