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Ruby is the birthstone
for July and the anniversary
gemstone for the fifteenth and fortieth wedding anniversaries. Rubies excel in durability with a rating of 9 on the
Mohs scale of hardness. It is an ideal gemstone for a ring that will be worn
often. Whether it be an anniversary ring, engagement ring, or signature
right hand ring, rubies are not only durable but also very beautiful gems
that will last a lifetime. MyJewelrySource has a nice collection of wearable
ring styles in both white and yellow gold. Some gemstones just look better
in one metal color or another, but rubies look wonderful in either color.
The rich red hues contrast beautifully with the white metals and are warm
and inviting in the yellow metals. We have three anniversary style rings
with princess or oval cut rubies,
GR-5462, and GR-5463.
One is accented with diamonds and two are done with rubies only. The rubies
in these rings have been hand selected for their superior color and clarity.
The settings are cast in substantial white or yellow gold settings to ensure
a lifetime of carefree wear.
Enhancements: Although cutting
is the most basic enhancement method necessary to display the beauty of a
gemstone, there are many
fascinating methods by which man has demonstrated his ability to draw maximum color, luster, clarity and
brilliance from natures earthbound treasures. A basic understanding of these enhancement techniques will add to
your appreciation of the beauty, durability and value of the
gemstone jewelry you already own,
or plan to purchase in the future. Ruby
is often heat-treated to improve the color and clarity. This practice dates back to around 50 AD. The enhancement
is acceptable, safe and permanent. You should assume that the rubies sold at MyJewelrySource are enhanced unless
Buying a Ruby: Always let your
taste be the final guide in making your selection. Rubies come in a wide range of tones from stoplight red to
crimson. Generally, a red that is low in or free of purple is most desirable. Reds with overtones of
pink are fine as long as the
gemstones are saturated enough to be called red. Rubies are rarely completely clean and some of the most desirable
colors will often have small inclusions. A good guideline is to first select a ruby with the best color you can
find and then make sure the inclusions are slight. Rubies in sizes of over 1 carat are considered important and
sizes over 3 carats are particularly hard to find. All of the rubies at MyJewelrySource.com are red, and as true
red as we could find. Our rubies do not have purple overtones and they are nearly eye clean. Any visible
inclusions are subtle and not distracting from the beauty of the gem.
Care of Rubies: Since rubies
are tough and durable, they can withstand most cleaning methods. While steaming and ultrasonic cleaning will not
damage the gemstone, these methods are not recommended by MJS as they may loosen the setting, and subsequently,
stones may fall out. Your
jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water. Rubies must not be put
in boiling hot water. Avoid exposure to hairspray, perfume and chlorine, which can dull gemstones.