King of Gems and Gem of Kings – Ruby-July

“The price of wisdom is above rubies.”  This Old Testament quote suggests how highly valued the gemstone has been since antiquity. The name is derived from ’ruber’ - the Latin for red. Like sapphires, the ruby is a corundum gemstone and is the second hardest after diamonds.

The colours range from pink to the deepest red  with a hint of blue known as ‘pigeon’s blood.’ Deposits are found in Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Tanzania.

Ruby is the stone of prophecy, thought to darken when warning of danger. It was believed to be an antidote to snake venom, and to heal diseases of the blood. Rubies were royal gemstones, conferring high status, as they were so rare and valuable.

Call Talisman Gallery in Harvey Nichols for prices of ruby jewellery in stock at the moment.