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Ruby

July’s birthstone is the Ruby, symbolizing love and passion. Rubies have been prized for centuries.  In many cultures Rubies promote good health, prosperity, wisdom and a prosperous love live.

The ancient Roman’s called rubies “Ruber”, the Latin word for red. Legends state that the colour of the Ruby comes from an undying flame at the centre of the stone, an unquenchable fire that burns within its heart.  Rubies can be found to contain hints of brown, purple and pink.

Most commonly found in Myanmar (Burma), ancient Burmese warriors believed that placing a ruby underneath the skin made them invincible.

Rubies have been known to fetch more money than then equivalently sized diamonds

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Birthstone
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July

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Colour
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Most commonly red, however it sometimes develops with hints of brown, purple or pink.

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Hardness
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9 (1 softest – 10 hardest)

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Anniversary Stone
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15 and 40

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Care
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Rubies are relatively hard—9 on the Mohs scale. It has excellent toughness this makes it a great choice for rings and other mountings subject to daily wear. 

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Cleaning
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Warm soapy water is always safe. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are usually safe for untreated, heat-treated, and lattice diffusion treated stones. Fracture-filled, cavity-filled, or dyed material should only be cleaned with a damp cloth.

Please visit your nearest Charm Diamond Centre for a complimentary cleaning.

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Known Treatments
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Rubies are often heated to intensify the colour while also dissolving impurities in the stone. 

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Famous Rubies
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Delong Star Ruby
Discovered in Burma in the 1930’s the Delong Star Ruby is over 100 carats. In contrast to most gemstones being faceted this stone was shaped and highly polished.

The Midnight Star Ruby
The Midnight Star Ruby is a 116 carat deep purple ruby, originally found in Sri Lanka.