July Birthstone - Ruby

July Birthstone - Ruby

Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, colored by the element chromium. All other colors of gem-quality corundum are called sapphire, which means color is key for this royal stone.

Accordingly, the name “ruby” comes from rubeus, the Latin word for red. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby translated to ratnaraj, which meant “king of precious stones.” These fiery gems have been treasured throughout history for their vitality.

The chromium that gives ruby its red color also causes fluorescence, which makes rubies glow like a fire from within. Paradoxically, chromium is also what makes this gem scarce because it can cause cracks and fissures. Few rubies actually grow large enough to crystallize into fine quality gems, and these can bring even higher prices than diamonds. 

Burma’s Mogok Valley historically produced the finest ruby material, famous for its deep blood-red color with purplish hues. These Burmese Rubies, also called Pigeon’s Blood Rubies, command a premium over brownish or orange-tinged varieties from other regions. For more information click: Here

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June Birthstone(s)

There are three (3) birthstones for the month of June: Pearl; Alexandrite; and Moonstone. Check out this post from the American Gem Society (AGS) for more information click: here

January Birthstone-Garnet

January Birthstone-Garnet

Garnet, the birthstone of January, is mined in a rainbow of colors. From the fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to the rich green of Tsavorite Garnet and to the most widely recognized color of Pyrope Garnet, it is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust. To read more: click here

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

With best wishes for a Happy New Year from Boston Estate and Gem Appraisal. Make one of your New Year's Resolutions to update all your Jewelry Appraisals for Insurance and/or Estate Planning. 

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October Birthstone(s)-Opal & Tourmaline

Those of you born in October get two (2) birthstones: Opal & Tourmaline. Opal's beautiful "play of color" shows multi colors when moved.  Tourmaline comes in many different colors and in gem quality is often confused with Ruby, Emerald, and/or Sapphire. For more information click: here

 

 

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