Ruby – July’s birthstone
This much-loved precious gemstone is one of the few truly red stones. It does vary through pink and purple tones, but the finest rubies are vivid red and come from Myanmar. Rubies feature heavily in Indian wedding jewellery, as red is thought to bring good luck and the wedding saree is often a red one, emblazoned with gold threadwork – and very heavy to wear!
We all know what a ruby looks like, but you may not have come across the much rarer Star Ruby. This is an amazing stone which due to light refraction and tiny needle like inclusions within the stone, appears to have a mystical white star over the stone, which are always cabuchon. Good specimens are rare and extremely sought-after. Why not check them out and see if this is something you would like to add to your jewellery collection?