GEM OF THE MONTH
Red Hot Like Fireworks…The Ruby
Early cultures treasured rubies for their similarity to the redness of the blood that flowed through their veins, and believed that rubies held the power of life. Early records about the transport and trading of rubies can be found in the literature on the North Silk Road. About 200 BC, rubies were carried along this ancient way moving westward from China.
In the first century AD, the Roman scholar Pliny included rubies in his Natural History, describing their hardness and density. Ancient Hindus believed that those who offered fine rubies to the god Krishna were granted rebirth as emperors.
Ruby retained its importance with the birth of the western world and became one of the most sought-after gems of European royalty and the upper classes. Many medieval Europeans wore rubies to guarantee health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love.
Today the red-hot ruby graces those born in July, those celebrating their 40th wedding anniversaries, and redheads. The ruby is a perfect way to express the powerful feelings of passion and love.
In addition to being the July birthstone, ruby is traditionally given for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
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