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Ruby is July’s birthstone

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Ruby is July’s birthstone, and the gemstone of 15th and 40th anniversaries.

 

About Rubies

Rubies are the most valuable colored gemstone on the market today.  They capture the color of our most powerful emotions, passion and anger.  Rubies have often been referenced with their similarity in color to blood, and often believed to have held the power of life.

A ruby is made primarily the mineral corundum, colored with a hint of chromium.  High value ruby’s will fluoresce, or become more brilliant in sunlight.  Often this glow was associated with an internal fire in the stone, making it more valuable. Some of the most valuable ruby’s form in marble, although ruby’s are also found in basalt.

Folklore of Rubies

Hindus believed someone possessing a fine ruby, had the advantage of perfect safety.
In ancient India, it was believed that possessing ruby’s allowed you to live in peace with your enemy’s.  The history of Burma, accounts warriors inserting ruby under their skin to make them invincible in battle.

History of Rubies

The name Ruby is derived from the Latin word ‘Ruber’ meaning red.

Rubies have had a long place in history, in the bible they are mentioned four times, associated with wisdom and beauty.  When ruby or ‘ratnaraj’ is translated from Sanskrit, its meaning is ‘king of gemstones’.

Ruby Care

Rubies are for the most part quite stable for everyday wear.  Some rubies available today, with surface reaching fractures, have been treated with a high lead glass to fill small natural cavities.  Treated rubies require extra care.  Mild acids such as lemon juice may etch the treatment.

Warm soapy water is always your safest option.  Use a damp cloth and baby toothbrush to gently clean all surfaces.  Untreated rubies may be safely cleaned in an ultrasonic or steam cleaner.

 

 

 

Red, White and Blue

In United States, we celebrate today our nation’s independence day or else known as Fourth of July.

 

“On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies requested their independence from England, an affair which ultimately led to the foundation of the United States. Every year on Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, Americans have a good time on this historic event,” says Military.com. “Clash between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convoked a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. On June 7 at the conference that took place in the Pennsylvania State House later known as Independence Hall. Richard Henry Lee of Virginia read a resolution with the prominent words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are liberated from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

 

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Some fun Fourth of July facts, courtesy of United States Government webpage:

 

 

The number of signers to the Declaration of Independence totaled to 56. Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, considered as the strongest and most expressive writer, wrote the most part of the document.
In 2013, the trade value between the United States and the United Kingdom is at $100 billion dollar value, making the British, who were our adversary in 1776, our seventh prominent tradeoff partner today.

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Emblematically, you can use this day as your own independence from something special on July 4th as well. Whether that comprises of breaking out of a bad habit, or going after that long daydreamed career, getting in shape, beginning a new relationship, ending one that has outlasted its time, or simply undertaking a long desirable goal.

 

Sparkly jewels, especially rubies, pearls and sapphires (red, white and blue) can help you feel revitalized, fresh and self-determining. In case you are joining a grill party, family gathering, beach festivity or a simple get together with associates or family, the right jewelers can support you to feel as if you have acknowledged your own unique independence.

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