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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
July Birthstone Is Ruby
Did you know that...
and operate your own
The July birthstone is ruby. It can be a star ruby
like that pictured above, or a faceted ruby like those pictured below.
This month we continue our
series on birthstones that will provide
answers to questions like...
if I don't like the color of my birthstone?"
if I can't afford my birthstone?"
Because the July birthstone is ruby, July babies have few
choices in their birthstone color.
As you already know, ruby is the red variety of corundum.
All other colors of corundum are sapphires. The basic chemical makeup is the
same (aluminum and oxygen, Si3O2) but tiny differences in trace elements produce the
Ruby gets it's beautiful color from a small amount of chromium
that nature thoughtfully included when the ruby crystal was formed.
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and have Google start putting money in your bank account!
Ruby tends to be less clean than sapphire. This, of course, is a
generality. Individual gems will vary. Inclusions can include other
mineral crystals, internal and surface fractures, and silk (rutile
needles). Rutile needles in the proper amount and position cause the
star effect seen in the first ruby photo above.
Surface fractures in rubies are sometimes filled with a form of
glass. Most rubies are heat treated to enhance color. This treatment is
Ruby is a hard, durable gem. Only diamond is harder, so ruby
makes a good jewelry stone.
You can buy a ruby in most any size... up to a several hundred
carats. However, unheated rubies over two carats are rare and
expensive. Size, color, and inclusions determine the value of a rury, just
as it does with other gems.
Ruby prices range from under $100 per carat up to more than $100,000
We have rubies
in a range of sizes, qualities, and reasonable prices.
These gorgeous gems are mined in several countries, including
Thailand, Vietnam, India, Sri lanka, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan,
Tanzania, Madagascar, and Kenya. The location most famous for yielding
top quality rubies is Myanmar (Burma)
The July birthstone is ruby because ruby is among the most highly
prized and oldest known gems. It's an all around great gem stone.
Follow this link to learn more about Birthstones,
Modern and Traditional.
A Google search for the keyword phrase ruby jewelry returns a number of listings and ads for vendors specializing
in production run jewelry pieces.
Gem Industry News...
Myanmar to boost gem production
YANGON (AFP) - Military-ruled Myanmar said recently it
would increase production of gems and jade, one of the most important sources of
foreign currency desperately needed in the poor country.
"As Myanmar's gems and jade
market is developing, many global nations including neighbors are paying more
attention to the country's gems emporiums," the state-run daily New Light
of Myanmar said.
"Therefore, it is necessary to
boost gem production and sale," the paper said, citing a speech by
Lieutenant General Thein Sein, one of the junta's most powerful members.
In March Myanmar held its biggest-ever
auction of jade, ruby, sapphire, spinel, peridot and other gem material. Sales
figures were never announced, but the junta had expected to earn at least 53
million euros (63 million dollars). China and Thailand are the biggest customers
for Myanmar's gems.
Although Myanmar is one of the world's
poorest and most isolated countries, it has vast natural resources... including
natural gas, minerals and highly prized teak wood.
Now is the time to build inventory in anticipation of the
holidays. I know that gold is high, but you can sell a completed piece of
jewelry much easier than just showing a picture in a catalog.
Are you rewarding your customers with discounts or
freebies when they send you a new customer?
The price of gold is still over $600 per
ounce, so if you weren't able to hedge by buying up gold mountings and
findings a couple of years ago, you probably should be buying what you
need now. It just keeps going up.
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