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  1. Ruby: A Symbol of Love and Power

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    July Birthstone: Discover the Elegance and Significance of Ruby: A Symbol of Love and Power

    As we step into the month of July, we are greeted by the vibrant and enchanting beauty of the Ruby. This deep red gemstone has been treasured for centuries, not only for its mesmerizing allure but also for its profound symbolism. Being the birthstone for July, the Ruby holds a special place in the hearts of those born in this month. In this article, we will delve into the elegance and significance of this precious gemstone, exploring its historical background, characteristics, colour variations, jewellery options, famous rubies in history and pop culture, care and maintenance, as well as a buying guide to help you choose the perfect July gift.

    Maisie Marquise ruby and diamond engagement ring

    The Maisie Ring - exclusive ruby and diamond ring)

    Historical significance and symbolism of Ruby

    The Ruby has captivated civilizations throughout history with its captivating beauty and mystical properties. Ancient cultures believed that the Ruby possessed the power to bestow good fortune, health, and protection upon its wearer. In medieval times, it was also associated with nobility, wealth, and passion. The deep red colour of the Ruby symbolizes love, passion, and courage, making it an ideal gift to express deep emotions and devotion. In Sanskrit, the Ruby is called "ratnaraj," which translates to "king of gemstones," further highlighting its regal significance.

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    Characteristics of Ruby gemstone


    Ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum, with its deep red colour being caused by the presence of chromium. It is one of the hardest gemstones, second only to the diamond, making it durable and suitable for everyday wear. The finest Rubies possess a vibrant red hue, known as "pigeon blood red," which is highly sought after in the gemstone world. Rubies also exhibit a remarkable brilliance, making them truly eye-catching. Its hardness and durability, combined with its intense colour and brilliance, make Ruby a gemstone of exceptional value and beauty.

    astraea trillogy ruby and diamond ring


    The colour variations of Ruby

    While the classic colour of Ruby is a deep red, ranging from pinkish to purplish tones, there are also other colour variations to explore. Some Rubies may display a more pinkish-red hue, known as "pink Ruby," which exudes a delicate and feminine charm. On the other hand, the "blood-red Ruby" showcases a rich and intense shade of red, evoking a sense of power and passion. The colour variations in Rubies allow individuals to choose a shade that resonates with their personal style and preferences, adding a touch of uniqueness to their jewellery collection.

     ruby and diamond eternity ring

    Ruby birthstone jewellery options


    The Ruby's timeless beauty and significance make it a popular choice for birthstone jewellery. From delicate necklaces and earrings to stunning rings and bracelets, there is a wide array of options to explore when it comes to Ruby jewellery. A Ruby pendant, adorned with diamonds, can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit. For those seeking a statement piece, a Ruby cocktail ring featuring a large, vibrant gemstone is sure to turn heads. Whether worn as a single stone or combined with other gemstones, Ruby jewellery is a beautiful way to celebrate your July birthstone and showcase your individual style.

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    Famous Rubies in history and pop culture


    Throughout history, certain Rubies have gained legendary status due to their extraordinary size, colour, and historical significance. One such renowned Ruby is the "Sunrise Ruby," a 25.59-carat gemstone that is considered one of the finest in the world. Its rich and vivid red hue, combined with its exceptional clarity, makes it truly remarkable. Another famous Ruby is the "Hope Ruby," a 32.08-carat gem known for its deep red colour and incredible size. This Ruby has passed through the hands of several famous owners, adding to its allure and mystique. In pop culture, the Ruby shoes has also made appearances, such as in the iconic movie "The Wizard of Oz," where it represented the power to grant wishes.

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    Care and maintenance of Ruby gemstone


    To ensure the longevity and beauty of your Ruby gemstone, proper care and maintenance are essential. Rubies should be protected from scratches and sharp blows, as they can chip or scratch the surface of the gem. It is advisable to store Ruby jewellery separately in a soft pouch or jewellery box to prevent any damage. Regular cleaning with a soft cloth and mild soapy water will help maintain the sparkle of your Ruby. Avoid exposing Rubies to harsh chemicals, high temperatures, and ultrasonic cleaners, as they can adversely affect the gemstone. By following these simple guidelines, you can enjoy the brilliance and allure of your Ruby for years to come.

     Ruby Infinity Ring

    Buying guide for July birthstone Ruby


    When purchasing a Ruby, it is important to consider several factors to ensure you select a gemstone of high quality and value. The four Cs - colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight - play a crucial role in determining the overall beauty and worth of a Ruby. The colour should be vibrant and evenly distributed, with no visible inclusions affecting its clarity The clarity or a ruby also contributes to it's value but a flawless ruby is more likely to have been treated so not necessarily more valuable.The cut should be precise to maximize the gem's brilliance and sparkle. As for carat weight, personal preference and budget come into play, as larger Rubies are rarer and more valuable.

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    Celebrating the beauty and power of Ruby


    In conclusion, the July birthstone Ruby holds a special place in the world of gemstones, exuding elegance, significance, and timeless beauty. Its deep red colour symbolizes love and power, making it a perfect gift for loved ones or a treasured addition to your own jewellery collection. The historical significance, colour variations, and famous Rubies all contribute to the allure and mystique surrounding this precious gemstone. By caring for your Ruby gemstone and making an informed purchase, you can cherish its beauty and significance for a lifetime. So, embrace the elegance of the Ruby and let its vibrant red hues ignite a sense of passion and love in your life.


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  2. Proposal Rings

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     Intrducing our new Viva ring - wear it just for fun or as a propsal ring.
     Viva Ring - proposal rings

    If you are thinking of popping the question, but not sure whether to get a bespoke ring made or choose the engagement ring together? Nude jewellery has an inexpensive solution so you can plan a special proposal but not have to worry about spending out on a ring she might not like. Here we have a selection of proposal rings that still have that unique handmade quality but for less than £150. Shop our Propsal and Viva rings here.

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  3. An Interview with Clara Jackson

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    What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

    Most of my family are artists and musicians so I started to explore my  creativity from a young age, but I started to be intrigued by metalwork when studying art and design at college. I loved all the different tools and machinery and how much skill goes into creating one piece of jewellery, I was also interested in the possibility of mixing different materials, therefore decided to go onto university and study Contemporary jewellery and silversmithing.
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    What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)
    I love the 'Orbit Necklace' because of its abstract sculptural shape it looks elegant when worn and the contrast between the oxidized chain and silver looks extra special!
    orbit silver bangle
    Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?
    I would LOVE Alexa Chung to wear my jewellery because she has great style and taste in fashion, so I have faith she would wear it with the perfect outfit! 
    Or I would choose Yukimi Nagano from the band little dragon, because I have always liked her music and she has a very unique look.
    gold plate bar necklace
    Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?
    I enjoy travelling, photography and teaching,  so if I could travel; teach people how to make jewellery and take photo's that would be a pretty good 2nd choice to jewellery.. but for the moment making jewellery is my main priority!
    contour silver earrings
    What can we expect to see from you in the future?
    I am currently in the process of designing a brand new collection which will be mixing metal and fabric using lots of different techniques such as etching, electro-forming and casting!

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