Calling all July babies: it’s officially ruby season.
Blessing all the fortunate July babies, the king of precious gems Ruby is the birthstone this month. The regally royal red is one of the most coveted of gems and undoubtedly a fiery treasure that has been ruling hearts for a long time.
The term “ruby” which derives from rubeus in Latin, is also translated to ratnaraj in ancient Sanskrit meaning “king of precious stones.” Ruby has long been associated with power and energy, and also Medieval Europeans believed that rubies bestowed good health, wealth, and success in love. Is ruby more precious than diamond? According to the American Gems Society, ruby is a tough and durable gemstone that measures 9 on the Mohs scale and gives quite a tough competition to diamond lovers.
Interestingly and luckily, Thailand is home to one of the major sources of rubies, especially with the rich mines found in Chanthaburi. Famous for its deep blood-red colour with purplish hues, Burma’s Mogok Valley has been historically associated and is still famous for some of its most sought-after rubies. The Burmese Rubies are also known as Pigeon’s Blood Rubies that boast a premium over brownish or orange-tinged varieties. Also, ruby deposits are found in our neighbouring countries, Vietnam, India, and parts of the Middle East and even the United States.
To date, we’ve been wowed everywhere from Elizabeth Taylor’s Ruby and Diamond necklace to Victoria Beckham’s engagement ring. There’s no better gift than ruby gemstone jewellery to show someone you love them or to celebrate the 15th or 40th wedding anniversary. While we’ve seen both natural and synthetic rubies in watchmaking and medical instruments, nothing beats the precious feeling of owning a beautiful ruby.
Boasting the gorgeous stone this month — whether you are a ruby lover or a July baby — here are six ways you can sport the ruby and rock the July birthstone in great style.
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How can we not gaze over this magnificent piece of jewellery? When we think of an ideal engagement ring mounted with ruby and studded with diamonds, we sure do think of Tiffany & Co. Tiffany’s Soleste Ring flaunts a round ruby in 0.50 carat and round brilliant diamonds in total weight 0.36. Having the two most cherished gemstones together makes you feel like the most special girl in the world. Drop a hint to bae and let them know what you’ve been wishing for.
Price: Approx. THB 296, 770
There’s something about flaunting those regal rubies around your collar bone that just elevates you entire look for the day. Graff’s pear shape Cross-Over Necklace speaks elegance and only elegance. This exquisite scintillation is mounted with rubies 12.66 cts and diamonds 26.59 cts. Whether you need a showstopper for your cocktail party or simply want to spruce up your outfit, this necklace will sure give you that lavish red-carpet feel.
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Sometimes you need something more playful than a necklace and more sophisticated than a pair of earrings — so flaunting a brooch keeps you chic while you could jazz up your wardrobe. Pinning that beautiful bee brooch adds that extra sense of treasure (and, rubies and diamonds) to your outfit. Theo Fennell’s Ruby Medium Bee Brooch dipped in 18ct Yellow and White Gold with mounted Ruby 2.16 ct, diamond 1.21 ct, and black diamond 0.08ct, is an ideal way to sparkle and style this season.
Price: THB 303,656
Calling for a celebration in itself, this beauty of wildflowers is what really adds that vibrancy to your mood. Van Cleef & Arpels Folie des Prés bracelet is adorned with round and pear-shaped rubies with a total of 15.6 carats and diamonds a total of 4.5 carats. This gorgeous bracelet makes a perfect gift for your loved ones.
Quite certainly a diva on its own, the ultimate Italian brand brings us the quintessentially feminine design that we can’t resist. This delicate drop of earrings with pear-shaped rubies and round brilliant-cut and pave diamonds is the most opulent way to fulfil your love for rubies. The fan-shaped motifs remind us of the Roman Baths of Caracalla.
Price: Approx. 855,900
The sea’s ephemeral character, Talay, captures the essence of the sea which is beautifully reflected in this piece making it unique from other bangles. The Talay Wave Twist Bangle embodies subtle curves perfect for those with a playful personality. Flaunt this bracelet with your casual tees or office wear — either way it will subtly shine out.
Price: THB 306,043