The fire-red of July's birthstone, the ruby, is where it gets its name: ruby comes from the Latin â€śruberâ€ť, meaning red. A perfect ruby is said to be â€śpigeon-blood redâ€ť. Along with various shades of red, rubies can appear with secondary hues of oranges and purples. The latter secondary hue is preferred because it accentuates the ruby's primary hue, thereby increasing the gem's value.
Although market ready rubies which make up ruby necklaces, ruby rings, and ruby earrings are stunning, they do not naturally occur this way. Rubies contain considerable cracks and fissures. Several treatments have been perfected to remedy this. The two most popular treatments involve heating the ruby several times.
The first treatment involves introducing melted glass into the ruby's fissures while the ruby is heated. Once the gem cools, the fissures have been filled and the stone is much more durable. The second treatment involves covering the ruby in a special oil and orange powder while the ruby is hot. Once it cools, the oil and coating not only fill the fissures, but improve the ruby's transparency. Both treatments are acceptable ways to prepare a ruby for the market.
Once treated, these gems make stunning ruby jewelry that will take your breath away and turn heads. Come into our store and the magnificent beauty of this gem for yourself.