July already?! Where has the first half of the year gone?! If it's the start of a new month then it's the start of a new birthstone....It's Ruby's turn in the spotlight! Ruby is a highly valued coloured gemstone and can fetch higher prices than similar sized diamonds.
In Sanskrit, ruby is called "ratnaraj" which translates into "king of precious stones". It belongs to the corundum family, another famous member of this family is sapphire. Now this is where it can get tricky! Ruby gets its colour from chromium, all other colours of corundum are classed as being sapphires but.....in some mining regions, pink corundum is called pinkish-red ruby while in others it is a pink sapphire!
In some ancient cultures, sapphires were regarded as unripe rubies and believed that burying a sapphire in the ground would allow it to mature into a rich red ruby. In the Orient, rubies were once believed to contain the spark of life - "a deep drop of the heart's blood of Mother Earth".