Steven DiFranco Jewelers

July Birthstone - Ruby

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Ruby comes form the Latin word "ruber" which means "red".  It is the red variety of the corundum family. There are many legends about the ruby. It was believed that the wearer of a ruby was blessed with health, wealth, wisdom and outstanding success in affairs of the heart.

The wearer also acquired the magic ability to live in peace with his enemies, as long as the ruby was worn on the left hand or as a brooch on the left side.  According to an ancient verse of uncertain origin, "The gleaming ruby should adorn, All those who in July are born, For thus they'll be exempt and free, from lover's doubts and anxiety".

  • Specific Gravity: 4.00

  • Refractive Index: 1.762-1.770

  • Hardness: 9

  • Color: Varying red, sometimes with slight violet undertones.

  • Countries of Origin: Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania
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  • Wedding Anniversary Gift: 40th year

Wearing Conditions: Rubies are quite hard and tough, suitable for daily wear.

Cleaning Conditions: Most rubies can be safely cleaned in an ultrasonic, but some glass-filled rubies are effected by vibrations. In this case, use a brush and warm soap.