British birthstone of the month. July = Ruby

Ruby1The word ruby is derived from the Latin ‘ruber’, meaning red. It was once used to describe all red stones, including red ruby2tourmaline, red spine and red garnet.

The ruby is one of the most highly prized of gemstones: large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires, therefore their value increases with size more than any other precious stone. Rubies have been found all over the world, including in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand, Africa, Australia and the USA.  Some have even been mined in Scotland. The most precious rubies are those with a full, rich red colour with just a hint of blue tones. Originally, the finest rubies were mined in Myanmar and it is from there that the term Burmese ruby began to describe the finest rubies.

Halved ruby earrings
John’s one off halved ruby earrings
halved ruby earrings with a Spanish Olive wood box.
John’s halved ruby earrings with their own Spanish Olivewood box.
halved ruby earrings with their own Spanish Olive wood box.
John’s one off halved ruby earrings, snugly fitting into their own Spanish Olivewood box.

These earrings are made from African Blackwood, bone, ruby and 18ct gold. They can be seen on our website on the halved ruby earrings page. John enjoys making these one-off pieces as they are a challenge and they always turn out differently with the design developing as they are made. The Spanish olivewood box is made to fit perfectly around the earrings with the lid having a friction fit.

 

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