July Birthstone: Ruby

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Ruby is the birthstone for the month of July. Symbolizing love and passion, ruby is one of the world’s most desired gemstones. “The king of gems” has been thought to have powers such as blessing its wearer with good fortune and curing disease. In addition to their perceived powers, rubies have exceptional hardness (second only to diamonds). This makes them a great option for all types of jewelry.

Beautiful and rare, rubies command some of the highest prices of all gems. Color is the most important factor in determining the price of a ruby, and rubies are most valuable when they are the vibrant to slightly purplish red for which they are known. This color is often referred to as “pigeon’s blood red.” Origin can also affect a stone’s value. Rubies from the Mogok region of Myanmar are highly prized for their vibrant stones and historic value. However, countries such as Vietnam and Mozambique are also significant ruby producers.

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By Peter Norman

Peter Norman is one of Los Angeles’ most celebrated wedding jewelers, with his custom-made engagement rings and wedding bands taking center place in hundreds of weddings over the last 20 years. Each engagement ring is custom designed, built to order, and can suit any budget: from the simply elegant 1-carat solitaires to the exquisite pieces fit for (and sometimes purchased by) royalty.


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