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-5798, 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 stated otherwise. 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 orange or 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 ruby 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.
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