The name ruby derives from the Latin word “ruber”, meaning red.In ancient Sanskrit, the term “ratmaraj” refers to ruby as being the “king of gems”. Medieval Europeans adorned rubies believing they ensured well-being, wisdom and finding ever-lasting love.
Ruby is the UK and the US birthstone for July. It is also a popular choice for a gift celebrating a 40th “Ruby” wedding anniversary. This stone is a variety of corundum. Corundum is the second hardest mineral (after diamond), making ruby a wonderful choice for a focal-stone set into a beautiful piece of jewellery.
Sapphire is another variety of corundum but if corundum is red, it is classified as ruby. It is the presence of the trace-element chromium that causes the red in ruby.
Ruby is found in many locations such as Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Vietnam but historically the most prized of rubies have been associated with Burma. This said, very fine specimens have been unearthed from these other sources.
Finecraft stock a number of ruby-set pieces, and we also have a large number of loose stones. We would be happy to assist in designing a piece of jewellery around a gem of your choice.
If you would like to know more ruby, please feel free to get in touch with us at Finecraft Jewellers.