A red hot ruby for a hot time in July

With fireworks going off in the month of July maybe a red hot ruby should be in your future.

Ruby in the rough

Ruby in the rough

Rubies are said to provide health, wealth and wisdom to the wearer. The name “Ruby” comes from the Latin word for red, "ruber". People don't realize that ruby and sapphire are the same material, members of the corundum mineral family. Rubies have a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs scale, which make them ideal for jewelry. The only mineral that is rated higher is a diamond. 

In the market there are many treated gems called rubies. Often corundum deposits can be treated with heat, which is an accepted treatment in the industry. Unfortunately there are many other treatments that corrupt the stone, so the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) does not consider these to be authentic gemstones but a manufacture product. Some of the unaccepted treatments include fusing with glass, oiling, waxing and dyeing.  If you are looking for a ruby it is good to do research and find a reliable source as there are very few rubies that not have undergone some sort of treatment.  There are rubies available that are naturally beautiful without treatment. These stones will be extremely expensive. The only way to verify what treatments have been performed on a ruby is to send the stone to a reputable gem lab like the GIA that has an electron microscope. The electron microscope is used to detect any foreign material or processes that may have been performed on the stone.

Don't be scared away from buying a ruby, but buyer beware. It pays to educate yourself and work with a reputable jeweler to find your special July birthstone.

At Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler we can help you through the process to find a red stone that fits your needs.