Ruby gets its name from the Latin word for red, ruber. Ruby is one of the “big four” group of precious gemstones together with Diamond, Sapphire, and Emerald. For the hardness, it is second only to the Diamond. It is a rare gemstone that comes in red color but can be found in nature with subtle hues of pink, orange, violet, and wine color.
Ruby is prized and cherished, sought after for thousands of years. Ancient cultures believed that it is more precious than Diamonds. Many cultures in the past considered Rubies as symbols of the Sun, wore it as an amulet to ward off pestilence, plague, resolve all disputes, and for protection. For centuries, rubies have been mined, collected, traded, treasured and used in fashion, such as the breastplate of high priests and to adorn weapons. Ruby is known as the gemstone of nobles.
Ruby is the birthstone for the month of July and is also used to commemorate the 40th wedding anniversary.
Fresh Picked Jewels offers a wide variety of gemstone jewelry, all handmade using hand-picked high quality beads! Our artisan jewelry is one-of-a-kind, but if you see something you like and would like a specific size or color, please feel free to send us an email! We are happy to create custom jewelry that reflects your unique style.
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