Where do rubies come from?
Major sources for rubies include Thailand, Myanmar, Kampuchea, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tanzania and Madagascar. Small deposits have also been found in Montana and South Carolina.
Origins and Legends
Ruby has been believed to have the power, if worn on the left side of the body, to allow for you to live at peace among enemies. It was also once thought that rubies would ward off misfortune and bad health.
As with most gemstones, ruby is also sometimes heat treated to bring out the magnificent reds. Ruby and sapphires are also in the same species, that of corundum, the 2nd hardest material known to man, scoring a 9 on Mohs Hardness Scale.
How to care for ruby
Since Ruby is on the most desirable of gemstones, it is advisable to remove ruby jewelry before engaging in any activities that may harm the stone. This will not only help protect the stone and ensure it can be handed down generations, but it also keeps your investment safe.
Why do people choose Ruby?
Ruby is the symbolic birthstone of those people born in July, and it is also the traditional gift given to those celebrating their 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. It is known as the stone of love and is capable of fixing problems between lovers.
Rubies are usually safe in ultrasonics and steam cleaners. Heat may even improve the ruby color. Do not expose to Boron.