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4 Fun & Unique Facts About Rubies

Dana Seng

Posted on July 06 2020

Arguably one of the most beautiful gemstones on the planet, rubies provide a feast for the eyes. Their rich, deep red hue lends itself to accessories of all kinds, from ruby stackable rings to pendants to earrings to bracelets and beyond. Whether you are a longtime ruby fan or were only recently dazzled by the precious gems, take a moment to learn some fun and interesting facts about the July birthstones. 

A Symbol of Protection, Wisdom, & Power

According to myths and legends, rubies were uncovered in India some 2,000 years ago and were thought to promote peace between enemies. The Bible mentions the gemstone several times, all of which note the stone’s connection to wisdom and beauty. Throughout the centuries rubies were also believed to protect the wearer during battle, and subsequently served as talismans. 

One of the Hardest Gemstones

Rubies rival sapphires in regards to hardness, and enjoy a 9 rating on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Only diamonds rank higher on this world-renown scale. The durability rubies offer makes them ideal for everyday wear, which is why more and more women wear them as engagement rings in addition to intricate and simple diamond rings

The ‘Burmese Ruby’ Factor

Myanmar, or the former country of Burma, remains the top site for high quality rubies. Their supreme quality and beauty has resulted in the term ‘Burmese Ruby,’ indicating a gemstone of outstanding caliber. However, Myanmar is not the only area of the world to mine the stunning gems, as they are found in Australia, Thailand, parts of the USA, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and the aforementioned India. 

Faux Rubies Have a Long History

Fake versions of the deep red gems are nothing new. Victorian faux rubies were of the ‘garnet doublet’ variety, or pieces of reddish glass compounded with pieces of garnet. Such rubies have been in circulation since the 1850s, while synthetic versions made their debut in 1900 at the Paris World Fair. Synthetic rubies were the work of chemist Auguste Verneuil. 
Ruby jewelry makes a great gift not only for July babies, but to celebrate 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Find stackable ruby rings among other accessories today at Dana Seng Jewelry Collection, the Los Angeles jewelry designer specializing in luxury pieces. 

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