Ruby – The Birthstone of July

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New Delhi, July 3 (IANSlife): July’s lucky stone is ruby, whose vibrant red hue perfectly encapsulates the spirit of this sultry summer month, when the days are long, hot and intense. These rich red gemstones, known as the “Heart of Mother Earth”, are versatile and elegant, and have long been associated with passion, prosperity and protection.

Rubies have been treasured by everyone from ancient warriors and Hindus to the Chinese, who revere the ‘lucky’ color red, since they formed deep beneath the earth’s crust 500 million years ago – a natural feat incredible involving intense heat and pressure. They’re still favorites with stars like Jennifer Garner and Gigi Hadid, and are seen frequently on the aptly named “red carpet.” Much has been written about their talismanic properties: in ancient times, warriors wore them in battle, and they were frequently placed under the foundations of buildings to protect those who lived and worked there.

Rubies are considered a fashionable alternative – and complement – ​​to diamonds. They sit beautifully alongside their colorless counterparts, in bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings, and also stand out in a statement piece: the Sandy Leong x Gemfields Halo Ring, featuring a large ruby striking Mozambican from Gemfields, is a perfect example. . Their color ranges from orange-red to bluish-red, with intense pure red, even fluorescent, gemstones being the most sought after.

There’s no better way to add a playful element to an outfit while harnessing the power of color than by incorporating colored gemstones. Rubies are perfect for adding a splash of fun and bright red glamor to any outfit.

Colored gemstones, especially rubies, are a great way to make a strong personal statement. To that end, the Francis de Lara x Gemfields Safari Sunset Bloom ring, which features petal-shaped rubies in a flower formation, exudes confidence as well as concern for the environment. The AYA x Gemfields Chete ring, on the other hand, is understated and ideal for stacking.

Gemfields is one of the world’s leading miners of responsibly mined colored gemstones and majority owner of the largest recently discovered ruby ​​deposit: Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM) in Mozambique, where rubies were first discovered in 2009 and where some of the world’s largest and most significant deposits of exceptional rubies were born, including an extraordinary pair recently auctioned.

When it comes to buying rubies, there are “6 Cs” to keep in mind. Diamonds have traditionally been measured and defined by the famous “4 Cs” – color, cut, clarity and carat – and along with rubies, two more are added to the mix, character and certification, in recognition of the many subtle characteristics of diamonds. colored gemstones. . Each ruby ​​has its own set of values ​​and personality, making the buying process both fascinating and personal.

Top buying tips include finding uniformity of color and saturation, viewing a gem in daylight, and accepting inclusion as part of a stone’s uniqueness. precious. The most important rule, however, is to simply follow your heart and pick the ruby ​​you fall in love with.

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