Ruby: July's Birthstone
As the July birthstone, ruby has been highly regarded throughout history as one of the most beautiful and vibrant, yet resilient gems. The red flourescence that the ruby emits is not only important in the world of jewelry, but is also used as the powerhouse of red light in lazer pointers. Ruby is the red variety of Corundum, making it a seriously valueable gemstone if found without flaws or in a transluscent state.
From abalone to zircon, learn about gemstone and jewelry terms in our extensive photographic glossary.
Learn to tell topaz from tourmaline and one blue stone from another using our gemstone identification guide.
Gem Enhancements and Care
It's important to understand how and if the gemstones in your collection are enhanced to help you properly care for and keep them looking their best for generations.