Ruby is the birthstone gem for the month of July. It is recognised as a red gemstone, that can vary in shade from a pinkish-red to a deep red. The depth and clarity of its colour can greatly influence its value, with a deep, clear red gem the most valuable. Ruby gems are historically prized by many cultures, and are also mythologically associated with love, desire and power.
Usually set in gold jewellery, the gem is a popular choice for setting in rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, necklets & more. One of the hardest gemstones, second only to Diamond, it can resist general wear. That’s why antique jewellery and family heirlooms set with Ruby, often look beautiful years after they were first worn.
Not all rubies are faceted cut stones, and some are instead polished as smooth as a pebble. These special stones are know as a Star Cabachons, as when viewed you can see a six rayed star reflected on its surface.