Intense, fiery, and richly hued, the ruby is a gorgeous red often symbolic of passion, power and desire.

This dazzling gemstone derives its name from the Latin “ruber,” meaning red. The shades of red vary in hue but you’ll find that almost every ruby is vividly saturated!

About The Color and Sources

Ruby is a type of red corundum, a rock-forming mineral which can develop into rubies or sapphires depending on the present elements. Rubies form, for example, thanks to the presence of chromium that gives rubies their redness.

The redness of rubies is well-known to range from medium shades to deep tones. Varying colors of purple, orange or brownish reds depend on the chromium and iron content; this variation in richness and in hue seems to vary based on the location of the geological formation where the ruby was produced.

A large majority of ruby stones have historically been produced in Asia, in places like Myanmar or Thailand; however, rubies can also be found in many other parts of the world including Australia, Africa, and even the United States.

Historical Significance and Symbolism

Throughout history rubies have been treasured and deemed as quite valuable. Some early civilizations compared the deep hues of rubies to the color of blood and believed that rubies contained the power of life. In other cultures warriors carried rubies into battle for protection – to make themselves invincible. In addition to protection during battle, rubies were also said to protect their owners from sickness and even from bad luck.

Symbolic and spiritual, rubies have also historically been associated with wealth and power. People today are still attracted to rubies for their symbolism of success and wealth.

A Gorgeous Gift with Excellent Durability

Beyond power and success, rubies today are more associated with passion and love – making the ruby a perfect romantic gift! What’s more, the 40th Wedding Anniversary is known as “The Ruby Anniversary” and gifts of cufflinks or precious jewelry with the red gem are quite popular to commemorate this long-term relationship milestone.

Rubies are also well-known as the birthstone for the month of July. If you have a loved one with a special birthday this month, a ruby pendant or pair of earrings make the perfect gift. Rest assured, your significant other will certainly feel treasured when you gift them with a stunning ruby from Joslin’s!

And, if you’re planning to propose and your romantic partner has a July birthstone, a diamond engagement ring paired with rubies makes a beautiful and breathtaking piece that will certainly delight your beloved!

Rubies also rank at a solid 9 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness, meaning your red treasure will endure the test of time – and be an excellent choice for every day wear!

Visit Joslin’s today and peruse our wide selection of precious rubies and other lovely gemstones! If we don’t have the perfect setting for your stone, Elicia in Joslin’s custom designs will help craft the ideal setting for you. We can’t wait to help you find the gorgeous ruby gift for your loved one – or even yourself! Contact us online or drop by today!

Read more about rubies from the International Gem Society or at the Gemological Institute of America!