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Fun Facts About July’s Birthstone Ruby

Happy July 1st – now it’s time to rock some ruby red! Read on for some fun facts about July’s sizzlin’ red birthstone, and shop for your own ruby jewelry pieces at Jewelry.com.

– “Ruby” comes from the Latin word “rubens,” which means red.

– Rubies come from corundum, which is sometimes referred to as Pink Sapphire.

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– Rubies come in several different shades of red.

– The red color comes from the mineral chromium.

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– Rubies are associated with prosperity and protection.

– In the Bible, rubies are also associated with wisdom and beauty, and are mentioned four times.

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The Jewelry Insider

April 25, 2014

One word came to mind when visiting the Victoire de Castellane “Precious Objects jewelry exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery this past weekend. That word was “wow.” Shortly followed by, “Can we have just one of these beautiful pieces (pretty please)?” Then, “Can we try on at least one diamond ring?” To which the answer was yes! Imagine our excitement. We snapped some photos of our NYC jewelry excursion to share with you.
Victoire de Castellane Necklace
Victoire de Castellane Bracelets
Victoire de Castellane is a jewelry designer who lives and works in Paris. She made her first piece of jewelry at age five and moved on to design costume jewelry for Chanel at age fourteen (yes, you read that correctly). In 1998 Castellane joined Dior as the first Creative Director in their new jewelry department – her current role today.
Victoire de Castellane Bracelet, Front View
Victoire de Castellane Bracelet, Side View
Castellane’s “Precious Objects” exhibit, which is running now through next Saturday, April 26 at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC, tells a story of women under the influence of hallucinatory drugs. Each piece of jewelry is unique in its design, coloring, material, and texture. The exhibit showcases the most exquisite bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings in yellow and white gold, platinum, diamonds, jasper, rubies, opals, sapphires, emeralds, and fine stones (all the good things in life!).
Trying on a Victoire de Castellane Necklace
Trying on a Victoire de Castellane Ring

If you get the chance, go visit the Gagosian Gallery and take a look at the “Precious Objects” exhibit. You won’t be disappointed. Make a fun weekend outing out of it (Central Park is right around the corner)!

Ruby Lore – Learn About This Month’s Birthstone

Perhaps no gemstone has been as prized throughout history as the ruby. Celebrated in ancient Sanskrit writings as the most precious of all gemstones, rubies have adorned emperors and kings and inspired countless legends and myths with their rich, fiery hues.

As the ultimate red gemstone, rubies have symbolized passion and romance for centuries. Ruby is the birthstone for July and is also the recommended gem for couples celebrating their 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.

Also the color of blood, the stone is symbolic of courage and bravery. Warriors were said to have implanted rubies under their skin to bring them valor in battle and make them invincible. The stone has also been used as a talisman against danger, disaster, to stop bleeding, and a number of other ailments. Its intense color was thought to come from an undying flame inside the stone – or, as some legends would have it, a piece of the planet Mars.

Ruby is the red variety of corundum, a sister of sapphire. Like sapphire, ruby rates a “9” on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it the second hardest material known after diamonds.


The most important factor to consider when buying a ruby is its color. It comes in a variety of shades ranging from purplish- and bluish-red to orange-red. Like sapphire, there is also a translucent variety of ruby that can display a six-point star when cut in a smooth domed cabochon cut.


Rubies are rarely found perfect in nature – which is why many are heat-treated to intensify or lighten their color or improve their clarity. Heat enhancement is a permanent, stable process. Some rubies also have surface fractures and cavities that are filled with glass-like materials to improve their appearance.

For both treated or untreated stones, the safest cleaning method is to just use soapy water or a mild commercial solvent and a brush.

The Jewelry Insider

July 2, 2009


Can it be possible that it’s already time to July 4th our way through the weekend? Aside from strategic blanket placement at the fireworks display and avoiding drunk Uncle Joe at the family BBQ, the only thing you really have to worry about is adding a little red, white and blue to your wardrobe.

Luckily, the JI has your back.


Nothing says July more than the month’s birthstone – the rockin’ red ruby. And I say rockin’ because these days the stone is finding it’s way on more hip jewelry styles than your traditional cross necklace and simple pair of studs (the blood-thirsty Twilight vampires would surely agree).

Now, rubies are generally not thought of as an ‘affordable’ stone. They fall into the precious gemstone category along with sapphires and emeralds so are often found in higher price points than the frugalista budget allows.

But with your super secret code to the Friends and Family site, JewelClub, you have access to a whole host of ruby styles at 60% – 70% off the suggested retail price.

I just did a search through their stash, and there are plenty of cool styles that would go perfectly with your Americana garb this weekend – from bold cocktail rings to fun fashion pieces like this ruby purse pendant that is only $60 with their special July discount on selected ruby merchandise. And the original price? $279!!

So whether you’re in the market for the 4th or want to get a meaningful gift for the July birthday girl in your life, take a gander at the JewelClub treasure chest (www.jewelclub.com), enter the special code: INSIDER and walk away with savings you won’t get anywhere else.

Happy birthday to America, happy birthday to you.

The Jewelry Insider

December 7, 2008


A luminous Jessica Alba dazzled in Milan last week for the red carpet launch of her 2009 Campari calendar. The lady in red paired a stunning scarlet Dolce and Gabana dress with Bulgari vintage ruby and diamond jewels that made this jewelry hound drool on first sight.
Rubies haven’t looked this good since the red slipper renaissance!

Hunky husband, Cash Warren, attended the event with his lovely leading lady, and Donatella Versace, Alegra Beck and other glittering Milan residents kept them company.

The 10th anniversary edition of the Campari Catalog was directed by Jean Paul-Goude and photographed by world renown, Mario Testino, in Malibu – the perfect place to capture the “Club Campari” theme. Pics feature a curvy, post-baby-bod Alba in black and white swimsuits and elegant evening wear.

“I’m usually walking around in comfy clothes with a baby on my arm, and it’s nice to dress things up and feel sophisticated, sexy and surrounded by so much beauty,” Alba said of her sexy shoot. “Also being surrounded by Brazilian models made it even easier!”

Glamazons, Eva Mendez and Salma Hayek, have graced the pages of the calendar in year’s past, and I think we all can agree that Ms. Jessica has successfully carried the torch.

Campari will distribute the calendar internationally, but will only print 10,000 copies – -so get your guys a glittering eye-full before Santa runs out this season! You can, of course, always get a glimpse on their website: www.campari.com.

The Jewelry Insider

October 20, 2008

If you needed more proof that black diamonds are the new ‘it’ girl in the jewelry world, look no further. Victoria’s Secret unveiled their new Fantasy Bra, and the C cup beauty is loaded with ‘em.

The Black Diamond Fantasy Bra was created by celebrity jeweler, Martin Katz, and is set with 3,575 black diamonds, 117 certified one-carat white round diamonds and 34 rubies. If that weren’t enough, two huge black diamond drops weighing in at 50 carats each swing down from the center.

Supermodel, Adriana Lima, wears the black diamond beauty in the Victoria Secret ad campaign (they aren’t lying when they say the thing is designed for maximum cleavage enhancement).

And, hey, if you want to find a little luxury lingerie under the tree this year, you’ll only have to shell out a mere 5 mil.

Not bad for 1500 carats that will never see the light of day.

The Jewelry Insider

August 31, 2008

September’s birthstone has a complicated past. You’d think that after centuries in the limelight, almost everything to know about the sapphire would be out there in the open. But that hasn’t been the case – until now. Sapphires for example, have always liked to consider themselves the perfect blue gem. It’s about time, though, that they come out of the jewelry box and stand proud. Sapphires are not just blue…

Much like the changing color of fall leaves, Sapphires sparkle in a palette of colors from blue to pink, yellow to green and all the colors in-between. There are even colorless sapphires that appear almost identical to diamonds.

There’s just one color that you won’t find in a Sapphire closet. It’s not that it doesn’t exist; it’s just that it’s sort of estranged from the family and prefers an entirely different name.

Sapphires and their estranged gem relatives are both members of the Corundum family – not a family you’d want to mess with in a dark alley. Members of the Corundum group are known for their extraordinary hardness (9 on the Mohs scale), exceeded only by diamonds – and the diamond is the hardest mineral on Earth. Thanks to that hardness, sapphires are easy to look after, requiring no more than the usual care on the part of the wearer.

For thousands of years, sapphires were hunted far and wide as the ultimate blue gemstone. The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire that gave its blue reflection to the sky, hence the Latin name “sapphiru”, which means blue.

The gem has long symbolized faith, remembrance, and enduring commitment. According to tradition, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on tablets of sapphire, making it the most sacred stone. This supposed “divine favor” is why sapphires often were the gem of choice for kings and high priests throughout history. In fact, the British Crown Jewels contain a number of notable sapphires. Prince Charles even gave Princess Diana a sapphire engagement ring.

But back to sapphire’s sexy secret. The only color that sapphire doesn’t come in is red. There is a red member of that ultra-hard Corundum family. It prefers to go by the name ‘ruby’.

The Jewelry Insider

May 30, 2008

According to OK Magazine, Rihanna’s going to be blinging the charts soon. Her rumored boyfriend Chris Brown has apparently given his sweetie a ruby and diamond necklace worth a cool $100,000.
Beverly-Hills based jewelry designer Jason Arasheben told the mag that ‘Chris went for the heart theme. He said, ‘She’s going to love this because she loves hearts.’
Rihanna is apparently returning the favor, ordering from the swanky jeweler a diamond-encrusted cross for Chris . The jeweler, not one for keeping quiet about his customers, also told the gossip mag that the singer ‘gave specific instructions about Chris’ gift. She was very particular about wanting the cross to match his other jewelry.’

The Jewelry Insider

May 30, 2008

According to OK Magazine, Rihanna’s going to be blinging the charts soon. Her rumored boyfriend Chris Brown has apparently given his sweetie a ruby and diamond necklace worth a cool $100,000.
Beverly-Hills based jewelry designer Jason Arasheben told the mag that ‘Chris went for the heart theme. He said, ‘She’s going to love this because she loves hearts.’
Rihanna is apparently returning the favor, ordering from the swanky jeweler a diamond-encrusted cross for Chris . The jeweler, not one for keeping quiet about his customers, also told the gossip mag that the singer ‘gave specific instructions about Chris’ gift. She was very particular about wanting the cross to match his other jewelry.’

The Jewelry Insider

May 8, 2008

Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Let’s do it. Let’s fall in love – over and over again. This is the time when our favorite (and not so favorite) furry and flighty friends spring into love – this season, it’s time to follow their lead and wear your heart in the open.


Rihanna loves ‘love’ so much she’s spelling it out on her heart-shaped pendant. If you love ‘love’ take the four-letter word and spell it out in gold, add a sprinkling of created rubies, mother-of-pearl and diamond accents or just head for Zales where they’ve done the work for you.

Heather Graham seems to have turned love on its side, so has Macys with this falling heart sapphire pendant in white gold.

Alyssa Milano is another Hollywood beauty that holds her heart close wherever she goes. If you can’t decide whether your heart is golden, full of gems or simply dazzles, then don’t decide – just head to Sears.com and snap up this gem of a heart.

You don’t have to be Elizabeth Hurley to carry off the ‘white love’ look. This elegant pearl and diamond heart jewel from Zales is a timeless ode to love of all ages.