All About Ruby

July’s rolled around, and that means it’s time to talk about its birthstone – the lovely, deep red ruby. July birthdays and non-July birthdays alike adore the crimson shade, and rubies are popular gemstones used in a variety of jewelry types, cuts, and settings. But how much do we actually know about rubies, and what makes them so popular? We’ve put together a list of trivia about rubies just for your enjoyment today – so take a read and learn something new.

Facts about Ruby

  • Ruby derives from the Latin rubens, meaning red.
  • Almost all natural rubies are treated to improve their color and strengthen them.
  • Scoring a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, rubies are only slightly softer than diamonds.
  • Rubies are made of corundum. Corundum comes in many other colors, but those colors are classified as sapphires.
  • Ruby is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 15th or 40th anniversaries.
  • The color range for rubies stretches from deep, dark red to lighter, almost-pink shades.
  • The most expensive ruby ever sold was the “Hope Ruby” which weighs 32.08 carats and sold for $6.74 million.
  • In ancient Indian folklore, people believed rubies would help them be at peace with their enemies.
  • A Chinese jeweler owns the largest ruby in the world, and it weighs in at 40,920 carats.

Did you discover something interesting about rubies? Are you a July birthday with a soft spot for your birthstone, or do you just love rubies for their color and versatility? What is your favorite jewelry piece for rubies, or your preferred cut? Do you have any ruby pieces in your personal jewelry collection, or are you looking to add some? Let us know in the comments – we’d love feedback from our readers and bidders. Until next time, good luck, and happy bidding.


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