April 24 2016
I looked at this ruby cabochon for a long time trying to figure out how to showcase it. It’s a 14x11mm, Bordeaux color, opaque stone. My initial thought was to create a rose themed pendant with hammered petals, but the literal interpretation struck me as being dated, and I couldn’t really think of a modernized version. I usually find flower themes a bit difficult to “update”, and it doesn’t help that I’ve always associated rubies with antique jewelry. Now you might be asking “why did you buy it?”. Well, I really liked the color of this stone, and something about its opaqueness with inclusions and natural blemishes made it “artisan”, not like the grandmother’s passed down treasures. After days of staring at it, I’ve decided that the best way to showcase it was in a simple bezel setting, an understated statement piece with a pop of color, making it an effortless adornment to any outfit or occasion.
Here are some facts about rubies.
- It is a part of the mineral corundum family but has the trace mineral chromium which gives it the red color. All other varieties of corundum without chromium are called sapphire.
- On the Mohs scale, it is given the score of 9, harder than all other gemstones except diamonds.
- The name comes from the Latin word “ruber” which means red.
- It is a July birthstone and gift for 15th and 40th wedding anniversary
- Many positive attributes are associated with ruby. They are believed to give mental clarity and strengthen the heart, they represent passion and love, and historically have been associated with royalty and vitality.