Clayfield Ruby – July Birthstone
The Ruby is the most precious of the birthstones. “Ruby” comes from the Latin word “ruber” meaning red, which is also the colour of love and passion. Not only is the Ruby the birthstone for July, but it’s also given as a gift on 15 and 40 year anniversaries.
Throughout history, rubies have had significant meaning. Some believed they could predict misfortune or danger, whilst others thought it could cure certain diseases and calm those who were angry. Burmese warriors even believed it made them invincible in battle and medieval Europeans believed it bestowed wisdom, health, wealth and love.
Ruby is made up of the mineral, corundum, which is actually colourless, however, with other elements, the crystal structure starts to get the classic Ruby red. The most renowned rubies are often found in Myanmar, the Himalayas and north Vietnam where they are found formed in marble.
Caring for a Ruby is simple. They can be safely washed with warm soapy water and a soft brush, alternatively, you can bring your Ruby jewellery into our Clayfield store and our professional team can restore the gem to its original glory.