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Ruby Jewelry

Ruby: A Passion for Red

The fiery gemstone was once thought to have an internal fire and has always been prized for its striking color. Red is always the predominant color in a ruby. Though, its shades can have a range including pink-red, orange-red and purple-red. The most treasured rubies feature a deep red color with a touch of blue. Rubies displaying a rich red and hint of purple-red are also highly valued. Like the sapphire, the ruby is made of the mineral corundum. The two gemstones are actually related. The word ruby is derived from the Latin word ruber, meaning red. Throughout history, rubies have long been considered a symbol of love and passion.


Ruby: A Beloved Gemstone

At one time, rubies were considered more valuable than diamonds because of their rich color. The gemstone was thought to open the heart and heal emotional wounds. Ancient Sanskrit texts mention the ruby and the Bible references the gemstone. Royalty wore rubies in their crowns and in other important jewelry. The gemstone also had its place in the Zodiac. It was once believed that Capricorns (December 22-January 21) wearing rubies were protected from trouble.

Ruby Jewelry

Ruby: The Gemstone Today

The ruby is important and considered one of the four major gemstones. Sapphires, emeralds and diamonds are the other three. The ruby can make a beautiful engagement ring or special gift. Sarah, the Duchess of York was presented with a Burmese ruby engagement ring, which is now famous. Queen Elizabeth commissioned a tiara that was set with 96 rubies, known as the Burmese Ruby Tiara. Elizabeth Taylor's legendary jewelry collection featured rubies, among other precious gemstones. She wore dazzling ruby necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.

The ruby is July's birthstone. It is also the gemstone of the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.


Ruby: Found in Locations throughout the World

The oldest ruby mines are in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Rubies have also been found in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan, Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar.


Sidney Thomas Ruby Collection

You can find the most gorgeous ruby jewelry at Sidney Thomas. Our ruby jewelry is deep-hued and stunning. Every ruby we carry gleams with beauty. Please enjoy our exceptional collection of ruby necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. Chosen for the most discerning of customers, we believe you will love our contemporary ruby collections. They were chosen especially for you.

Each ruby in the Sidney Thomas collection is cut by one of our master jewelers to ensure the most outstanding and fiery color. Almost all rubies available today are heated to enhance the gemstone's color. This process does not have an effect on the quality or strength of the gemstone. A ruby that is not treated will be referred to as a "natural ruby."


Caring for your Ruby Jewelry

After the diamond, the ruby, like the sapphire, is rated 9 on the Mohs scale. It is a very durable gemstone. Clean your ruby jewelry with warm water and mild soap. Be sure to store it in your Sidney Thomas presentation box.