Ruby

The luminous light glowing deep inside rubies are naturally the reason that rubies are an international symbol of passion and love. After all, it is considered the superior wedding gemstone.

Similar to the hot weeks of July, the ruby has been claimed to be a reliable source of light and warmth. According to ancient hindu and greek legends, it is told that the warm sparkles of the ruby can light up rooms, boil water, and melt wax.

Not only is this gemstone one of love, but also one of protection. Members of chinese armies wore rubies in their armour. Bruma armies even implanted rubies into their skin out of faith that the ruby would protect them during battle.

Once upon a time, any red stone such as garnet (January’s birthstone), was considered a ruby. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that the rubies we know today officially belonged to a group called mineral corundum. Mineral corundum is generally gray and dull in color, however, can be found in hues of red, blue, purple, orange, green, and brown. Those colored minerals are named sapphires, but the red corundum has become known as the ruby.

The most treasured rubies were mined in the Mogok valley of Upper Burma. These rubies exhibit the vivid and pure shades of red that earned the ruby its title as  “a deep drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth”. The ruby is also Thailand's national gemstone, where their rubies are known for their brownish-red hues. Unfortunately, the mines in each of these places have been exhausted of their famous gemstones, but rubies are still produced. Synthetic rubies undergo heat treatment to intensify the transparency and the saturation, in hopes to become comparable to a natural ruby.

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