July Birthstone Ruby - the Ultimate Guide of Choosing Ruby

Rubies are variety of corundum. The red ruby color comes from trace amounts of the element chromium (Cr). Like other precious stones, finding facet-quality, ruby material usually requires miners to go through tons of rock material before finding any rough, uncut crystals that qualify.

Ruby sources:

A mostly ruby has two sources: Myanmar, better known as Burma, and Mozambique. Burmese rubies are basically considered the standard for rubies on the other side Myanmar is the historical producer of the ruby.

How durable are rubies: 

Basically every Stone durability is ranked based in three parts. First of these is hardness. Ruby is very difficult to scratch, because of it’s 9 on the Mohs scale as a species of Corundum. The Diamonds are the only natural stone harder than Corundum.

Toughness, another part of stone durability and it refers stone tendency.

The last of durability is stability that means how much light and temperatures changes. Luckily, rubies don’t react on light, temperature and different types of chemicals.

When choosing a ruby, keep in mind that to finding one with perfect 4c color, clarity, and cut in anything above a carat will be difficult since they are incredibly rare; find a ruby that suits your tastes based on the 4Cs of gemstone buying:

  • Color
  • Cut
  • Clarity
  • Carat Weight

If you want good quality of ruby then it’s very difficult also it’s depends on ruby’s crystal. It must say opaque rubies are nowhere near as rare as clear, transparent rubies or even clear, blue sapphires. There is also a distinction in how the material is used, with opaque ruby crystals used for carving and transparent ruby crystals used for faceting (this goes for other gemstones too).

Ruby Color

When discussing ruby color, it must necessary to mention that major point between the “pink sapphire” and “ruby” is a important contested topic in the gemstone area.

Ruby has a range it’s not a single color. It goes from pinkish red, to purplish red, to orangish red, and an unmodified ruby red as well.

When choosing a specific ruby red proves it must be very difficult, you may found there are other options to help narrow the search. There are a variety of cuts that gemstones come in. The cuts are Round, Cushion, Pear, Heart, Oval, Emerald, Marquise, Trillion.

 About Ruby Clarity

Rubies can be transparent and clean looking, but it’s very rare. The Clarity of may affects the price of rubies and it’s depends on the type, location, number, and size of the many possible inclusions.

About Carat Weight

Carat weight is another part that determines not just price per carat, also what type of jewelry stone gets made into. Basically large and heavier stones usually are not use to make something like ruby earrings and ruby pendant.

It must be mentioning that rubies do not typically grow over a carat. Because of the element that causes the red color, chromium, is relatively rare. Shallow, tabular rough, restricting cutters from faceting large rubies all of these you may found in rubies. This makes anything over a carat exceptionally rare.


Rubies are rated “excellent” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat and contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.


Blood-red. Fire-red. Color that burns along the veins, and gives brightness to the night. If you’re looking for the color of life itself, look no further than red. And the gemstone that brings red to vivid life can have only one name: Ruby.

The “king of gems,” Ruby is one of the world’s oldest and most revered gemstones. It is also one of the rarest. The mineral Chromium is responsible for the gem’s startling color. Rubies with hardly any inclusions are so rare that large stones of good color fetch higher prices at auction than even diamonds.

Fiery and romantic, showing brilliant depth and intensity, the red hue of Ruby is certain to draw attention. In settings that focus attention on voluptuous color, Ruby sends a message of drop-dead glamour and femininity. Geometric-inspired jewelry designs featuring Ruby are equally appealing to both men and women who seek to convey strength, honor and classic style.

Ruby is the gem most often bestowed on those born in July. Its arresting hue speaks of passion and love, making it a stunning gem option for the celebration of the 15th and 40th wedding anniversary.

Quality Information

Swarvoski Gemstones™ Bright Red Fine: Light pinkish red; eye clean; excellent brilliance; excellent machine cut

Swarvoski Gemstones™ Top Ruby Fine:: Medium dark pinkish red;eye clean; excellent brilliance; excellent machine cut

Swarvoski Gemstones™ Top Red Fine:: Dark slightly purplish red; eye clean; excellent brilliance; excellent machine cut

AAA: Medium dark pinkish red to red; eye clean; good brilliance; excellent cut; good polish

AA: Medium dark pinkish red; eye clean; good brilliance; good cut; good polish

A: Medium pinkish red; slightly included; good cut; good polish

B: Light pinkish red; included; good cut; good polish

Commercial: Commercial quality; variation in color; included

Working with this gemstone


Usually safe



Usually safe



may improve color


Harmful Chemicals




Gemstone Properties









Specific Gravity


Optic Character


Phenomena: Asterism



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