July Birthstone Spotlight: Ruby

Introducing July’s birthstone, the Ruby. Rich in colour, this precious gemstone is one well deserving of admiration. The finest rubies are sourced from the locations of Burma; Burmese rubies tend to have a more even colour saturation of vivid red, commonly referred to as a pigeon-blood red hue. Rubies from Burma in particular, are notoriously recognised for their ‘fire’ or inner sparkle embodied within the gemstone, which in turn is why they are considered the most desirable gemstone in the world. Rubies are also mined in the countries of Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.

Rubies, like sapphires, are a variety of the mineral corundum. Their distinctive red hue is derived from the presence of chromium, which differentiates them from sapphires that can occur in a range of colours. Both rubies and sapphires share the same basic properties as corundum gems, yet it is the striking red colour that sets rubies apart and makes them highly desirable. Rubies are renowned for their exceptional hardness, ranking at 9 on the Mohs scale. This places them just below diamonds, which are the hardest known natural material with a rating of 10. This makes them highly durable and resistant to scratching, which is why they are a perfect choice for everyday wear in jewellery.

Historically, rubies have been associated with wealth, prosperity and royalty. Their rich red colour has also been linked to the elements of love and passion, making them a popular choice for romantic and meaningful gifts. They are traditionally presented as gifts to celebrate the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries, symbolising the enduring strength and passion of a long-term marriage.

Here at Hogans Family Jewellers, we source only the finest quality rubies that have been incorporated into the finest pieces of jewellery, from extravagant cluster style rings to alternating ruby and diamond hoop earrings. This carefully curated collection of ready-to-wear ruby gemstone pieces is available to shop via our online showroom or in-store at 241 Margaret Street, Toowoomba.

1. 18K RWG Antique Ruby Dress Ring: Along with the vibrant 1.18ct cushion cut ruby, the decorative milgrain settings are the focal point of this antique-style dress ring and are featured not only around the stone's halo but the shoulders too.

2. 18K WG Ruby and Diamond Circular Pendant: Crafted in 18k white gold, this circular pendant feature alternating marquise cut white diamonds and round brilliant cut rubies, with a total diamond carat weight of 0.70ct.

3. 18K YG Burmese Ruby Cluster Ring: Crafted in 18k yellow gold with white gold settings, this unique cluster style ring features a 1.06ct pear cut ruby set amongst a halo of marquise and round brilliant cut white diamonds.

4. 18K WG Ruby & Diamond Huggie Earrings: Crafted in 18k white gold, these huggie earrings feature alternating round brilliant cut white diamonds and rubies.

5. 18K YWG Oval Ruby & Diamond Band: Crafted in 18k yellow and white gold, this stunning trilogy inspired ring features three high quality oval cut rubies, each separated by a cluster of two petite round brilliant cut white diamonds.  

6. 18K YWG Oval Cut Ruby Vintage Style Pendant: Crafted in 18k yellow and white gold, this vintage style pendant feature an oval cut ruby centre stone, bordered by two rows of brilliant cut white diamonds.

7. 18K WG Ruby & Diamond Clover Stud Earrings: Crafted in 18k white gold, these stud earrings feature four pear-cut rubies surrounded by a halo of petite white diamonds. The design of each stud comes together to form a clover-style design.

8. 18K YWG Oval Cut Ruby Trilogy Ring: Crafted in 18k yellow and white gold, this trilogy ring features a stunning 1.17ct oval cut ruby centre stone, flanked by high quality round brilliant cut white diamonds. 

Explore our collection and find the perfect ruby piece that speaks to your heart. Whether for yourself or a loved one who may be celebrating their birthday this month, a ruby is always a timeless and elegant choice. Shop the full collection via this link.

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