Ruby is July’s birthstone and is one of the most coveted gemstones used in fine jewelry. It is renowned for its stunning fluorescent red color and few gemstones are as eye-catching as a ruby. In this blog post we cover all the basics you’ll need to know when purchasing and owning jewelry that features ruby.

Background and History

Rubies have been coveted throughout history. The name ruby comes from the Latin word for red “rubeus.” In ancient Sanskrit, ruby is translated to "ratnaraj" with means “king of precious stones” It was named so because of its beauty and mystical powers.

Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum. All other colors of the mineral corundum are considered sapphire which makes a ruby’s color and fluorescence its primary distinguishing factor. Throughout history, other red gemstones have been mistaken for ruby including spinel, tourmaline, and garnet.

Metaphysical Properties

Red is the color of many of our most intense emotions including anger, love, desire, passion, romance, warmth, and power. Part of what gives red its power is that red is a primary color and is one of the most visible colors on the color spectrum.

The color red can make a person feel powerful, dominant, and can boost self-esteem. Traditionally, ruby is symbolic of passion, protection, and prosperity.

Ruby Jewelry


Ruby is the second hardest gemstone and diamonds are the only naturally occurring gemstone that is harder than ruby. Ruby measures a 9 on the Mohs Hardness scale and its exceptional hardness makes it an ideal gemstone in all settings.

Color is the most important factor to consider when shopping for ruby gemstones and the finest gems are pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red. The hint of purple found in a fine ruby is called “pigeons blood” in the industry.

When shopping for ruby jewelry keep in mind that rubies can often command a higher price per carat than diamonds. Large ruby gemstones are very rare and you can expect the price to increase rapidly for larger-sized stones.

Wrap Up

Rubies are stunning, beautiful, and remarkable gemstones. Park City Jewelers has a beautiful collection of custom, one-of-a-kind pieces that feature ruby. Shop in-store or online and you’re sure to find a few pieces you'll absolutely love. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect piece you’ve been dreaming of one our award-winning jewelry artisans are ready to work with you to create a piece you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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