July Birthstone - Ruby
The gem of love. A variety of mining areas produce a great diversity of Red shades. The Mogok Valley in Burma is famous for its “Pigeon’s Blood” or pink red colour. From Thailand and Cambodia is a strong dark Red colour, and the African mines are characterised by a beautiful bright red.
According to ancient lore, many believe that mystical powers lie within this intensely coloured red gem. It intensifies emotions of love, passion, courage, and
confidence. A Ruby engagement ring is given to express passion and a promise of the heart. Furthermore the wearing of a Ruby assures a life lived in peace.
The richness of the colour, the brilliance of the reflected light and the clarity of the gem determine the quality of the ruby.