July is celebrated for its bright, sunny weather and the freedom of summer vacations. But did you know it’s also the month with one of the most beautiful and radiant birthstones? The mesmerizing Ruby – the ‘King of Gems’ – is the July birthstone, known for its intense red color that resonates with the warm ambiance of July. In this post, we delve into the world of this fiery gemstone and how it combines with the modern aesthetic of titanium jewelry from Avant Garde Titanium.
The Magic of Birthstones
Birthstones, precious or semi-precious stones associated with the month of a person’s birth, carry an ancient tradition that traces back to biblical times. Historically, these gems have been attributed with mystical powers or therapeutic influence. However, in contemporary times, they have primarily become a way to celebrate one’s birth month.
The beauty of birthstone jewelry is in its personal significance. It’s a conversation starter, a way to express individuality and a daily reminder of one’s unique birth month.
The July Birthstone: Ruby
The Ruby, known for its striking red color, is the birthstone of July. This gemstone has been cherished throughout history and across cultures for its beauty and significance. Named after the Latin word ‘ruber,’ which means red, this dazzling stone is a variety of the mineral corundum, just like sapphires. However, what sets Ruby apart from its close relative is its rich, fiery hue that ranges from bright pink to deep crimson.
Ruby’s Color: A Symphony of Reds
Rubies are best known for their striking red color, ranging from a light pinkish-red to a deep, dark crimson. The most coveted shade is known as “pigeon’s blood,” a pure red with a hint of blue. This color variation is determined by the amount of chromium and iron present within the gemstone. The deep and powerful color, rich and intense with a hint of blue undertones, perfectly encapsulates the warm, vivacious spirit of those born in July.
Ruby: A Symbol of Passion and Power
Beyond its captivating color, the Ruby carries a depth of symbolism and meaning. Since ancient times, it has been associated with passion, protection, and prosperity.
The Ruby, with its fiery red hue, is a symbol of love and passion, making it a perfect choice for romantic gestures. It is also believed to ignite the flame of courage, power, and joy within the person who wears it. In some cultures, rubies are thought to bring good luck, offering protection against evil spirits and misfortune.
Where Is The July Birthstone Found?
Rubies are mined across the world, with key sources being Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, and Thailand. The Mogok Valley in Upper Myanmar was the world’s leading source of Rubies for centuries due to their “pigeon blood” color. This region has produced some of the finest rubies ever mined, but in recent years a smaller number of good rubies have been found there.
Other countries that mine rubies include Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Namibia, Japan, and Scotland.
July Birthstone Cleaning and Care Tips
Rubies are relatively hard gemstones, ranking 9 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. This makes rubies durable for daily wear, but like all precious gemstones, they need proper care.
To clean your ruby jewelry:
- Use a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.
- Gently scrub the stone and the jewelry setting, then rinse thoroughly under warm running water. Ensure the sink drain is plugged before you begin.
- Always dry your pieces completely before storing them to avoid moisture damage.
Avoid exposing your ruby jewelry to harsh chemicals and high temperatures, which can damage the gemstone. Store your ruby pieces separately to prevent scratches from other jewelry when not in use.
The Beauty of Rubies in Avant-Garde Titanium Jewelry
When it comes to crafting breathtaking jewelry, blending the vibrant Ruby with the sleek aesthetic of titanium offers a unique combination. Titanium, a silver-toned metal, is known for its strength, durability, and hypoallergenic properties. Its lightweight nature and resistance to tarnish make it a perfect companion for precious gems like the Ruby.
At Avant Garde Titanium, we take this synergy to the next level, curating designs that offer a contemporary take on traditional birthstone jewelry. The minimalistic, clean lines of titanium beautifully complement the bold color of the Ruby, creating a balanced fusion of strength and elegance.
Our collection includes exquisite titanium rings, pendants, and bracelets inlaid with high-quality rubies. These pieces are designed to be more than just accessories. They are expressions of personality, a testament to the wearer’s individuality and spirit.
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High-Rise Tension Set Titanium Ring has a unique design featuring a high-rise tension setting, securely holding the stone in place and creating an eye-catching, contemporary look. This ring is available in your choice of brilliant, high-quality round Ruby.
The distinguished Tension Set Titanium Ring With Emerald Cut Stone wedding band is crafted in pure titanium and features a stunning emerald cut stone in the center. The titanium gracefully embraces the stone with its innovative tension setting, creating a mesmerizing illusion of a floating jewel. The tension setting allows light to pass through the stone unimpeded, making it a more brilliant and sparkly stone. .
Avant Garde Titanium’s Half-Round Titanium Rings With Direct Set Stones are the epitome of elegance and sophistication. The half-round design of the rings gives them a timeless and classic look, while the direct set Ruby adds a touch of glamor and luxury.
The Titanium Bracelet with an ID plate is all about customization, from stones to engravings. We can add Rubies and other precious gemstones to the center plate of the bracelet. The stones are set directly in titanium without bezels or other metals to maintain a clean look and hypoallergenic quality.
The precious stone set titanium cross pendant, striking in its simplicity, sweetly displays their faith. Fashioned in pure titanium, this thoughtful cross can feature a direct set of Ruby accents at the center to add subtle sparkle.