July's Birthstone, the royal red Ruby
A ruby can range in colour from pink to a blood red and because large rubies are very rare (much rarer than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires), a large ruby can easily be worth more than another jewel of equal size. The colour, cut and clarity also contributes heavily to the value of this stone.
Throughout history, rubies have a strong link with love, health and wisdom, and although diamond engagement rings are still the most popular choice for future brides, rubies are experiencing a nostalgic comeback. In fact, coloured jewels, in general, are growing in popularity.
You could call rubies a 'high achiever' as they are thought to energise the body, create a passion for life, calm hyperactivity and are good for the heart and blood system. Whether these claims are true or not, their positive attributes run deep in history.
Our range of ruby red jewellery includes yellow and white gold necklaces, rings and earrings. They range from traditional pieces to the more contemporary styles such as this ruby and diamond ring.
Who typically wears ruby jewellery? Strong, confident women who choose to stand out - elegantly. Celebrities such as Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman, Emily Blunt and Taylor Swift have all graced black tie events wearing ruby earrings or necklaces.
Rubies are hard and durable and are in fact the same chemical composition as sapphires. Both are varieties of corundum, with the red variety being named Ruby and all other colours - blue, pink, orange - being named Sapphire. The majority of rubies come from Asian countries such as India, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan or parts of Africa.
Looking for some ruby red inspiration? View our range of ruby jewellery here or visit your local Walker & Hall store.