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Rubies: Just the Facts!


This month we turn our attention to rubies.  What do you know about the Ruby?  Following, seven facts about rubies:

  1. Ruby is one of the four precious gemstones. The others are emerald, sapphire, and diamond.
  2. The word ruby comes from the Latin rubens, which means red.  Rubies are found in many shades of red, from rich darkish red to pigeon blood red and pinkish red.   The red hue comes from traces of the mineral chromium.  The most precious rubies are those with a full, rich red color with just a hint of blue tones.
  3. A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires.
  4. Ruby is the birthstone for July. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 15th or 40th anniversaries.
  5. Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. They are as resilient as sapphires and only slightly softer than diamonds.
  6. Rubies have been found all over the world, including in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Africa, Australia and the USA.  Most of the finest rubies were mined in Myanmar, thus the finest rubies are now known as “Burmese Rubies”.
  7. Almost all rubies have flaws –  Rubies without imperfections are exceptionally rare.  In fact, that is one way that a ruby is authenticated – if it has no inclusions, it is likely not a genuine ruby!

Sources:  GIA.edu, Wikipedia; Images:  GIA.edu, Cover Image: Getty Images / Dawid Wapenaar / EyeEm

Meet June’s Birthstone: The Majestic Pearl

“The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls.” -Jean de la Bruyere The World’s Oldest Gem The discovery of the pearl is not attributed to any one person in particular.  It is believed that they were first discovered by people searching for food along the seashore. A […]

Last Look: Emeralds!

The emerald is perfect for people trying to make a mark in creative filed like music, painting, fashion designing, interior designing, etc. With those, and other believed health and wellness benefits, it’s no wonder they are one of the most popular gems!

September’s Birthstone: The Sapphire

A Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, and is the birthstone for September. It is a very desirable gemstone due to its excellent color, hardness, durability, and luster. The only natural gemstone harder than Sapphire is Diamond.   Sapphires have been prized as great gemstones since 800 BC. Rulers of ancient Persia […]

A Proposal Carved In Stone

Colorado State University Alum Kyle Griffin and Laura Krause met during their senior year at CSU.   Laura was the third generation in her family to graduate from the school.  When it came time to ask Laura to be his wife, Kyle knew he wanted CSU Football to be a part of his proposal, he just wasn’t […]

Diamonds In The Sky

You are probably aware that on August 21, 2107, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.  It will be one of the biggest astronomical events of the decade. Wait – What’s A Solar Eclipse Again? An eclipse is the alignment of the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun. Around every 18 months […]

Meet the ‘Argyle Everglow’ – Rarity Within Rarity

Graeme Thompson, head of jewelry in Asia for British auction house Bonhams, handles beautiful diamonds on a daily basis. Yet even he has only held a red diamond once. In the 33 years that Rio Tinto has been showcasing stones from its Western Australian Argyle mine in Western Australia, less than 20 carats of Fancy Red […]

Pearls: Natural Beauties Require Your TLC

In addition to their exceptional beauty, pearls bring back fond memories of my mother.  Early on in my career, I sent her to be certified in Pearl and Bead stringing, and she then began working with me.  Every time I look at a strand of pearls, I think of the hours we spent working alongside […]

What Determines The Quality of A Pearl?

You may have seen Pearls referred to by “grade”:  A, AA, AA+, and AAA.  But how is that grade determined?  Much like the 4 C’s of Diamonds, there are established benchmarks to determine the quality of pearls.  Six factors are evaluated in order to determine the quality and therefore the value of pearls.  Those factors […]

Emeralds Want to Stay In The Spotlight

You may recall that Emeralds were our focus last month.  As the birthstone for the month of May, the gem was the featured stone on the website and the highlight of May’s Event here in the showroom.  Now, like many other jewelers, this month we turned our attention to Pearls, but it seems that the […]

Art Deco & The Jazz Age: Now Being Celebrated at Cooper-Hewitt

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2017.  The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. In 2016, International Museum […]

The Jewelry of The Art Deco Period

“It was the style of the flapper girl and the factory, the luxury ocean liner and the skyscraper, the fantasy world of Hollywood and the real world of the Harlem Renaissance. Art Deco affected all forms of design, from the fine and decorative arts to fashion, film, photography, transport and product design. It was modern and […]

April’s Last Look: Synthetic Diamonds

Given the rarity and value of diamonds, it’s not surprising that some would seek ways to replicate their beauty. In recent years, laboratory-grown or synthetic diamonds have become more common, more advanced, and harder to detect. What is a Synthetic Diamond? A synthetic diamond is the result of a technological process, as opposed to the […]

The World’s Most Valuable Easter Eggs

Imperial Easter Eggs A Fabergé egg is a jeweled egg created by the House of Fabergé. Virtually all of these famous collectibles were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917.  The first Fabergé egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who had decided to give his wife, the Empress Maria […]

The Diamond Engagement Ring: Who Decided It Should Be A Diamond Anyway?

After the initial excitement of your engagement, or as you shop for your ring, you may find yourself wondering when the custom of giving a ring first began.  And why? Anthropologists believe the tradition originated from a Roman custom – wives wore rings attached to small keys, indicating their husbands’ ownership. Others cite a true origin […]

April’s Birthstone: One In A Million

Why Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend It probably has something to do with the fact that diamonds are the most popular gemstone in the world.  The saying itself comes from a song of the same name featured in the original Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  Marilyn Monroe’s version, from the film version of Gentlemen […]

Aquamarine: The Sailor’s Gem

March’s Birthstone:  Aquamarine Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues. Like many beryls, aquamarine […]

Famous Amethysts

Last week we talked about February’s Birthstone, the amethyst.    Take a look at some of these stunning examples of Amethyst Jewelry over the years. An Egyptian Amethyst necklace featuring an 8th century BC. inscription. The use of amethyst in Egypt dates back as far back as 3100 B.C. The Egyptians primary source for their supply […]

Celebrating Love & Diversity in NYC

The diversity and culture in NYC is one of the many reasons we are proud to call this vibrant city home. It was a day of romance in Times Square yesterday – proposals, weddings and vow renewal ceremonies. Couples from around the world made promises and kicked off engagements during an all day-long event hosted by the Times Square […]

Date Ideas To Make Your Valentine Swoon

While some people have had their plans in place for months, there are others of us who are starting to get a little nervous.  After all, Valentine’s Day is in only SIX days, and there’s a lot of pressure to make it the perfect evening for your significant other.  If you are one of the […]

The History Behind February 14th

Dark Beginnings Far from today’s flowers, jewelry & romance, Valentine’s Day history includes much darker topics, including beheadings, martyred saints, and pagan rituals. While the exact origins of Valentine’s Day remain murky, some historians consider the Ancient Roman feast Lupercalia, held from February 13 to 15, the holiday’s earliest iteration. During the festivities, Roman priests […]

Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guidelines

Chocolates or roses might nice, but a special piece of jewelry can communicate just how special your significant other is to you.  Following are some guidelines to help you choose the perfect Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift. First, don’t feel relegated to just buying diamonds.  Valentine’s Day, being customarily associated with the color red, is a great fit for rubies or […]

Pearls: Trending in 2017

When it comes to pearls, most people, including myself think of very well behaved girls, grandmothers and the 50’s.  Lately though, designers have been breathing new life into pearls (thankfully) and incorporating them into funkier, bolder designs so we can all take advantage of a little beauty secret our mothers and grandmothers are all well […]

The Gems At The Golden Globes

Teleprompter glitches and political statements certainly gained plenty of attention during last night’s Golden Globe Awards.  While fashion, kissing and of course the winners and losers were getting plenty of attention in the Social Media space, we were paying attention to the sparkle and shine behind the scenes – the jewelry!  Necklaces, rings, and earrings became […]

Something That Sparkles For Everyone On Your List

Gifts That Sparkle Will Speak To Her Heart At Grants Jewelry, we know diamonds.  The Diamond Essentials Collection means everyday luxury – pieces you can wear anywhere, anytime. Diamonds are expertly selected, ensuring a perfect piece suited for giving or receiving.  Complete her jewelry collection with one of the pieces below!     Diamond Studs:  Your Everyday Go-To […]

It’s Not The Size That Matters

OK, so maybe size does matter, at least when it comes to diamonds.  Seemingly, larger than life diamonds are in the news (and on the auction block) much more frequently these days.  Earlier this year, we saw the Lesedi La Rona, the largest diamond found in the past hundred years go up for auction.  The Lesedi, […]

Lost & Found

The mere thought of losing a valuable piece of jewelry – whether the value is monetary, sentimental, or both – is enough to make most women cringe. Unfortunately for one NYC woman, that was the reality last week.  After preparing Thanksgiving Dinner for her family, this woman realized that her engagement ring and wedding band […]

Fight the “Winter Blues” with December Birthstones

December’s birthstones offer three ways to fight the winter blues: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise – all of them best known for beautiful shades of blue. These gems range from the oldest on earth (zircon), to one of the first mined and used in jewelry (turquoise), to one of the most recently discovered (tanzanite). Tanzanite is an exquisite […]

Magical Holiday Proposals In NYC

With sparkling lights & a festive atmosphere, it’s no wonder that December is one of the most popular times of year to get engaged.  If you are planning a holiday proposal, you might want to consider on of the following iconic NYC locations – they are among the most favored backdrops for popping the question. At […]

Diamond Essentials Make The Perfect Holiday Gift

Announcing special pricing on Diamond Essentials for the Holidays!  A new special sale item will be featured each week.  This week – Diamond Studs!   Diamond Essentials are classic pieces of jewelry that complement every jewelry collection.  Diamond Studs, Diamond Hoops, Tennis Bracelets, Diamond Necklaces & Pendants – pieces that go from everyday to evening […]

New Gem & Mineral Gallery Combines Display & Technology

The gems that I use to create stunning jewelry can be equally stunning in their natural state.  The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, one of the world’s preeminent natural history museums, has just opened David Friend Hall, a state-of-the-art gem and mineral gallery that will showcase those natural pieces. The beauty offered in the new display […]

It’s The Great Pumpkin!

An 11.00 carat Brownish Orange piece of rough diamond was discovered by a farmer in the Central African Republic years ago, but he couldn’t have foreseen that it would one day become one of the rarest and most expensive Natural Fancy Vivid Orange diamonds in the world. The piece of rough diamond ended up being […]

Cupid Paederos – The Opal

Opal is the national gemstone of Australia and the birthstone for the month of October. The most striking feature of opal is the ability to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of colors. In fact, the term “opalescence” was coined to describe this phenomenon. The size and spacing of spheres of silica within the stone refract […]

The Fairy Godmothers of Fifth Avenue

Last week, as we tried on rings, necklaces and more during the Sapphire & Diamond Extravaganza, I was reminded that truly, this is such an enjoyable profession.  There are many aspects that I enjoy.  In this case, I’m referring to the fact that I haven’t met many women who don’t enjoy the opportunity to see what “that […]

This Stadium Proposal Almost Ended In Disaster!

We love a good proposal story.  Luckily, our engagement ring customers frequently share those stories with us.  A message in a fortune cookie, a surprise trip to Paris – Every story is another celebration of love. If you follow the local news, today you heard about a public proposal that almost went horribly wrong.  From […]

The Blue Moon Diamond

Last week I attended a GIA Alumni Lecture, The Tale of the Blue Moon Diamond.  The lecture was presented by Alan Bronstein, a Colored Diamond Expert. Alan sets uncompromising standards for qualifying and sourcing the most rare and beautiful diamonds for discerning collectors and connoisseurs worldwide.  With all the attention to Fancy Colored Diamonds earlier this […]

Coming in September

We’ve been busy this August, enhancing grantsjewelry.com and planning for fall events! As the summer winds down, here’s a quick preview of what we have planned for September. All About Sapphires Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been popular since the Middle Ages and, according to folklore, will protect your loved ones from envy and harm.  This birthstone […]

Yes, You Should Insure Your Engagement Ring (And Other Valuable Jewelry).

Congratulations on your engagement!  As a newly-engaged bride-to-be, we’re sure that practical and time-consuming tasks like purchasing engagement ring insurance are far less exciting than searching for the perfect wedding dress or planning a dreamy honeymoon.  However, if your engagement ring falls off into the ocean while you are working on your summer tan you’ll wish you […]

GIA Certification: Be Confident In Your Purchase

What is the GIA? Established in 1931, The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is considered the world’s foremost authority in gemology. They are present in 13 countries, with 10 campuses, 4 research centers, and 9 grading laboratories. The GIA is a nonprofit institution dedicated to continuous education and research in the field of gems and […]

Ruby Red

Red is the color of love. It radiates warmth and a strong sense of vitality, and is associated with passion and power. Red is also the color of the ruby, the king of the gemstones, and July’s birthstone. For thousands of years, the ruby has been considered one of the most valuable gemstones on Earth. […]

Last Look: The Pearl

Did you know that if you are a June baby, you have three birthstones from which to choose? Pearl, moonstone and alexandrite. But since pearls are the first gems ever known to man, we have chosen to focus on pearls alone in celebration of all those June birthdays out there.   Pearls are associated with […]

Seven Steps of Custom Jewelry Design

Whether you’ve had an idea in your head for years or you’ve found an existing design and want to add your own personal twist, our custom jewelry design process will ensure pieces that you will never want to take off.  People might create custom jewelry for weddings and engagements, one of a kind gifts, or family heirlooms.  At Grants Jewelry, every piece we […]

More about June’s Birthstone: The Pearl

Why are pearls considered the world’s most mysterious of gems? Because of their origin and the manner in which they are formed. Pearls come from shell fish, the most common of which is the oyster.  When a grain of sand enters and irritates the soft part of the oyster, a new substance is formed called […]

Incredibly Rare: Black Diamonds

Black diamonds, also known as black industrial diamonds, owe their color to minor inclusions and random particles in the stone, rather than the trace elements of nitrogen and hydrogen which give color to most diamonds.  They have a unique sheen that seems to come from total darkness, as pure black diamonds completely absorb light, rather […]

Cullinan Dream Blue Diamond Sells for $25.3 Million

The “Cullinan Dream,” the largest and most expensive fancy intense blue diamond ever sold at auction, fetched $25.3 million Thursday at Christie’s New York Magnificent Jewels sale. The Cullinan Dream is the largest of the four gems cut from the 122.52 ct rough blue diamond discovered in 2014 at the Cullinan mine in South Africa. […]

‘Oppenheimer Blue’ diamond sells for over $57M, new record

The “Oppenheimer Blue” diamond sold recently for more than 56.8 million Swiss francs ($57.6 million) including fees, crushing the previous record for the most expensive diamond ever sold at auction. Capping a lively and even laughter-filled auction at Christie’s, the hammer came down to applause as the 14.62-carat stone, billed as the largest Vivid Blue diamond […]

Diamond Authenticity

In this age of synthetic, lab-grown diamonds, transparency is critical.  Lab-created diamonds are chemical clones of their mined counterparts, so tracking and authentication must take place at every step of the process. Synthetic diamonds are man-made diamonds grown in a lab with the same chemical, physical and optical properties and structure of natural diamonds. Aside […]