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WISHING FOR “ RED” ON VALENTINE’S DAY? A Ruby will guarantee you Romance!
What you NEED to know when buying Ruby gemstones:
February has long been the month of romance where it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. On Valentines’ Day, we often buy red roses, candy in heart-shaped red boxes, and mushy red valentines with winged cherubs flying about shooting starry-eyed lovers with arrows. We associate the color RED with love, vividness, passion, fidelity and power. It emanates warmth and a strong sense of life. Red elicits emotion, stimulates our heartbeat and breathing. Wearing red is supposed to bring about invincibility. Red represents valor, courage, hardiness, protection and loyalty. Red pertains to life and survival. Red is one of the basic primary colors. Royalty always walked down a red carpet. Most national flags have the color red in them. Red denotes power and high efficiency. Our faces turn red when we get emotional and women’s most popular color of lipstick is red.
Red is also the color of Ruby, “the King of Gemstones”, which comes from the Sanskrit language. For thousands of years Ruby has been considered one of the most valuable gemstones on Earth. To be classified as a “precious” stone, it has it all: a wonderfully rich color, excellent hardness and an overwhelming brilliance. It is also an extremely rare gemstone, especially in the finer qualities. Ruby is the red variety of the Corundum mineral, one of the hardest minerals on Earth, which also includes Sapphires. Ruby can be defined as opaque, translucent or transparent Corundum with medium to dark tones of red to purple-red in color. Corundum, that is light or very light in tone, is more properly called a “pink” Sapphire.
Over the years, a number of terms and classification nomenclature has been used to describe gemstone-grade Ruby. These include:
Classifications and Grading:
Characteristics of Ruby:
Cutting style and quality have a significant bearing on a Ruby’s value, as the depth of stone contributes greatly to the overall appearance of the stone’s color saturation. In addition, the orientation to the original crystal structure has dramatic effect on the resulting color display. Evenness of color, lack of surface imperfections, quality of the final polish and symmetry are important in the overall evaluation of fine Rubies. These are also important in the final evaluation of any stone!
Treatments and Enhancements:
The most common treatments and enhancements of Rubies are:
Things to consider when buying a Ruby:
As Valentine’s Day approaches, give a Ruby! Valentine’s Day is also the second biggest day of the year for proposals and gifts of jewelry. Celebrate the greatest human emotion… Love! Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to purchase fine Red Ruby jewelry that will express your love, declare your intentions, remind someone special about the intensity of your relationship or express your appreciation of a friendship. If you are looking for “RED” in your romance, come in or call for an appointment now. I will help you choose the finest Ruby. I have been serving New England families for over 27 years and would like to be your trusted family jeweler!
This article was published in the North Shore Women's Journal
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