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Two HAVERILL Ruby rings and a bracelet laying on a white fabric background. Rosecliff Stackable Band Ring with eleven 2mm prong set rubies and Grand Ruby Ring with one 6mm briolette cut ruby bezel set in 14k yellow gold. Bayberry 3 Ruby bracelet
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Ruby: Symbolic Meaning and Gemstone Care

The Meaning of Ruby

July’s birthstone, Ruby, has long been associated with the power of life, the heart, and an ability to restore vitality. Perhaps because of this symbolic connection to the circulatory system, these vibrant gemstones are said to bring strength and courage to all who wear them. Ancient lore also imbued rubies with an ability to protect people and their possessions from harm.

Woman wearing pale gray v-neck sweater and HAVERHILL  Bayberry 3 Ruby Necklace with 4 mm rubies bezel set in 14k yellow gold evenly spaced about 1

Rubies are also intertwined with romantic love. The passionate red tones of Ruby rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings make them popular gifts for Valentine’s Day as well as anniversaries. Rubies have been used in Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands for centuries, both for their romantic symbolism, but also because they are a hard precious gemstone, perfect for everyday wear and able to hold up to everyday activities.

HAVERHILL Warren Ruby Ring in 14k yellow gold with emerald cut ruby in a bezel sertting. Newport Ruby Necklace with 4mm rubies bezel set in a continuous strand.

For those studying chakras, the Ruby is associated with the Heart Chakra, enhancing spiritual wisdom. Ruby is the birthstone for July and is associated with the Zodiac signs Cancer and Leo. This passionate gemstone is also the anniversary stone for the 15th and 40th anniversaries.

Woman wearing light blue open neck  shirt with HAVERHILL Providence Ruby Vertical Bar pendant with three baguette rubies in a 14k yellow gold rectangular setting on a gold chain.

Since ancient times, humans have associated gemstones with healing properties and spiritual significance.

Ruby is rated 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning it is very durable and an excellent choice for everyday wear. In 1822 Friedrich Mohs created this scale to rate gemstones from 1 (softest) to 10 (exceptionally hard), based on their ability to withstand scratches. Ruby is just one level away from diamond, the hardest substance on earth, making rubies ideal for all types of jewelry from rings to bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Store your Ruby jewelry in your jewelry pouch or box to keep the gemstone from scratching softer stones. 

Loose rubies of various cuts scattered on a white background

Rubies are very durable and so are an excellent choice for everyday wear. You can wear your Ruby jewelry in the shower, while swimming, sleeping and exercising. 

Woman's wrist with two HAVERHILL Ruby bracelets - Newport Ruby Bracelet and Bayberry Classic 7 Stone Bracelet both with 4mm lab grown rubies set in 14k gold bezels.

How to Clean your Ruby Jewelry

Styling Advice for Ruby Jewelry

WOman wearing open neck white blouse and HAVERHILL Bayberry Grand and CLassic Ruby necklace with aletrnating 6 mm and 4 mm sustainably grown rubies seet in 14k yellow gold bezels on dainty gold chain
Two HAVERHILL Rosecliff Stackable Rings on a blue and white background. One ring is all rubies with 11 4 mm rsustaiably grown rubies and the other has alternating rubies and sustainably grown diamonds

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How can I tell ruby and garnet apart?

Rubies are a true red and Garnets often have a touch of earthy tones, including orange to brownish red. If you hold a Garnet so the light shines through it, the rainbow created should include yellow and green. Rubies will only show red when light passes through them. Rubies (9 on the Mohs scale) are harder than Garnets (6.5 - 7.5).

What is the difference between a Pink Sapphire and a Ruby?

Both are precious gemstones made up of the same mineral, corundum, which also contains other colored sapphires like blue, white, yellow, purple. Ruby is the only form of corundum with a distinct name. Pink Sapphire is lighter in color than ruby. It has the same hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, therefore, and so is another excellent choice for jewelry. We use both Rubies and Pink Sapphires in our Grand collection.

Are sustainably grown gemstones real?

Sustainably grown precious gemstones are genuine gemstones grown in a lab from a “seed” and are chemically, physically and optically identical to naturally mined stones.
These lab grown gemstones have beautiful, consistent color and fewer inclusions than naturally mined stones. They are rated the same hardness on the Mohs scale.