July 5, 2012

July's Birthstone

 Ruby Facts
  • Ruby is a precious stone of a carmine red color, sometimes verging to violet. Ruby is comes from the Latin word "ruber" which means "red" which reflecting the color of the stone.
  • Ruby is a red crystallized variety of Corundum (aluminum oxide), which also includes Sapphires.
  • Rubies are extremely hard, second only to diamonds, with a Mohs’ hardness of 9.

Lore & Legend
The legend of the Ruby's red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished; this is the symbol of everlasting love. If a Ruby is worn on the left hand, it is believed that the Ruby will bring good fortune to the wearer.

Ruby has been valued for thousands of years by all cultures. Rubies are the most precious of the twelve stones God created. This beautiful gem was placed on Aaron's neck by God's command. Proverbs 8:11 says “wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her”.

In ancient times Rubies were ground to powder and placed on the tongue, this crystal was used as a cure for indigestion. Among the multitude of legends and strange beliefs of ancient times, it was thought that the wearer of a ruby was blessed with health, wealth, wisdom and outstanding success in affairs of the heart. Rubies allowed the wearer to live in peace with his enemies as well as to be invulnerable.

My favorite quote about rubies is Proverbs 31:10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Here are some creative ideas for gifts or to treat you.
Rugged Butterfly Earring with Fresh Water Pearl and Ruby
Enamel Earring - Bleeding Heart Flowers - Plants of Romance
Art Deco Ruby Red and Brass Necklace and Earring Set
Deep Ruby Red Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace
Each Month in 2012 Ilene from Art Jewelry by Ilene Kay  features the current