Gem of the Month — July

The "King of Gems," Ruby is one of the world's oldest and most revered gemstones, and it is also one of the rarest. Rubies with hardly any inclusions are so rare that large stones of good color fetch higher prices at auctions than even diamonds.The mineral Chromium is responsible for the gem's startling color. Showing brilliant depth and intensity, ruby is certain to demand attention. It's arresting hue speaks of passion and love, making it a stunning gem for the celebration of the 15th and 40th wedding anniversary.

Ruby producing countries include: Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Madagascar. However, almost 90% of the world's ruby is from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma.

Astrology:
The wearing of Ruby removes poverty, and imparts prosperity. The Ruby gem is beneficial to those who are aspirant to high office, as well as creative people, who want fame and good health. Ruby gemstones should be worn by those whose Zodiac sign is Leo or if the sun's positions in his horoscope is weak.
Day for wearing: Sunday

Time for wearing: At Sunrise

Finger: The Ring Finger (2nd to last finger)

The ruby should be red in color and a minimum of 2 carats. It should be set in gold of 14 Karat or more

- Quality:
-Color is by far the most important characteristic to evaluate a ruby and judge its value, more so than most other loose gemstones. The term “pigeon blood” color has been used in the gemstone trade to characterize a perfect, fiery luminescent red of a perfect ruby. An intense, uniform luminescent red characterizes the most valuable rubies.
-Clarity is of a secondary importance, and a fine colored ruby with slight flaws is still highly valued.
-Cut quality of a ruby gemstone is also of secondary importance although a good cut will enhance the color and luminosity of the ruby to produce a vivid red color.
-Size is also an important consideration. Price per carat in fine gem rubies is not linear. The price per carat of a fine 5 carat gem will be exponentially higher than a fine 2 carat gem of equal quality.

- Scientific Information:
Gem Species: Corundum
Hardness: 9
Quality: Commercial 2 - Commercial quality; variation in color; included
B - light pinkish red; included; good cut; good polish
A - medium pinkish red; slightly included; good cut; good polish
AA - medium dark pinkish red; eye clean; good brilliance; good cut; good polish
AAA - medium dark pinkish red to red; eye clean; good brilliance; excellent cut; good polish

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