It is the month of July, that is, the month of Rubies and so it would not be a bad idea to have a quick glance at the history and few interesting facts of these gems.
#1. India is believed to be the place of their origin. Rubies were treated with great respect and were regarded as the most valuable gemstones. Fine rubies were so rare that the king used to send noblemen upon the discovery of fine ruby specimen.
#2. In India historically, rubies were categorized in various classes somewhat like the present day social structure. Fine quality rubies were kept separate from low quality ones as it was feared that the latter could contaminate the former ones.
#3. The name Ruby comes from the Latin word ‘Ruber’ which stands for ‘red’.
#4. Rubies belong to the Corundum family of gems. The same family that sapphire including pink sapphire belongs to. It is quite possible that rubies might be the only gems that were given a separate name for a particular shade.
#5. Burma (Myanmar) has been known for producing the best rubies, pigeon blood rubies. These rubies display excellent brilliance, fire and have a vivid red hue sometimes with blue undertone.
#6. Charles IV of Luxembourg from the 1300s wore a huge 250 carats ruby in his crown. He believed that the ruby helped him to make the right decisions.
#7. Ruby is also the anniversary stone for 15 and 40 years of marriage. Gifting ruby jewelry is a great way to show your love to your love one. It is said that the gem brings health, prosperity and wisdom to its wearer.
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