of the most revered gemstones, Ruby is the birthstone for July. Well-known as a
versatile gem that features in many jewelry pieces and more, Ruby stands out
with its deep red color and in terms of hardness and durability as a gem is
second only to diamond and moissanite. Belonging to the corundum red gem class,
this birthstone has plenty history and interest.
Color of the Ruby and Value
There are four different “precious gems” of which Ruby is one of.
The others are diamond, sapphire and emerald. While Rubies are made of the
mineral ‘corundum,’ so are sapphires and other gemstones. The main difference
between these gemstones is the ruby’s red color, although sapphires also have
red or pink colors as well. This distinct red color is due to the element of
Ruby vs. Pink Sapphire
Rubies and Sapphires have similar
composition and one of the most distinct trait between them is their color,
although they have similar composition. However, there are sapphires in pink or
reddish color which are considered a sapphire and not ruby. In general, red
corundum or corundums having shades of red and pink are considered rubies.
However, in the U.S, there is a minimum color threshold of color saturation for
a gem to be called a ruby, otherwise it is classified as a pink sapphire. This
point is one of the most debated in jewelry industry in recent times.
That Determine Ruby Value And Price
Color is the main factor that determines the price of this
birthstone. The deeper and more vibrant the color, the more expensive the ruby
is (all other factors considered). The most sought after and most valued color
is the blood red or “pigeon blood” color. When the stone has a high purple or
orange tone, it is called a ‘fancy sapphire’ instead.
Treatments, Enhancements, and Synthetic Rubies
Many of the rubies that exist in nature are not of the quality for
use in jewelry. However modern technology allows jewelers to create better
quality of birthstones so they can be used as accents for ring or other jewelry
pieces. There are two popular ways gems are treated and enhanced and these
include heat treatments and lead glass filling treatments. Impurities can be
well hidden from the naked eye through many of these treatments. However, many
jewelers are able to identify the unnatural ones which have been made to create
enhancements with their jewelers loupe.
In the jewelry industry, gems can be
created from the lab and these imitations can be passed off as original stones.
Rubies especially are some of the most synthesized gems in the industry. This
is probably why their demand and value throughout history has been high.
Synthetic Ruby was first made in the early 1800’and started being mass produced
by the 1900’s. These artificial rubies have been used in the technological
industry in making lasers.
Imitation rubies have been in existence
for centuries, although they were not made in any lab or synthesize in any
process, they have been passed off as rubies. In the 17th century Rome, a red
colored foil was put under stones to create the red color imitation. More
modern imitation involve red spinels, garnets and rubellite passed off as ruby.
Why is Ruby The Birthstone for July?
With the love out there for ruby, it’s
no surprise it’s included as one of the birthstones for a month in the year
-July. Ruby is believed to guarantee wealth, success, love and more and has
become a staple of our society. It does not matter what purpose a ruby is used,
it will always stand out as one of the most important birthstones we know.
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