A Passion for Rubies

Ruby is the birthstone for July, and if you were lucky enough to be born this month, you can indulge yourself in ruby jewels that will ignite your passion for this popular gem. Although rubies are the new “big story,” with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s presentation of a gorgeous ruby engagement ring to Priscilla Chan, you don’t have to be a boy billionaire to appreciate ruby’s pull on the strings of the heart.

To my mind, Mark’s choice of ruby (over the much more traditional diamond) as his token of eternal love speaks volumes.  In different cultures, rubies have been symbolic of wisdom, passion and life, making ruby a great choice for bridal jewelry as well as the perfect gem for that special person.

Extremely durable and visually enchanting, rubies are among the rarest and most highly desired among precious gemstones. Rubies are mineralogic cousins of sapphires, all part of the corundum family. But only those few corundums that exhibits the prized vibrant red body color get to be called rubies. Almost all rubies today are heated to enhance their body color, as they have been for centuries, but quality rubies are otherwise untreated.

A simple classic- a fiery ruby sparkles, with a trio of diamonds on each side:

Oval Ruby and Diamond Ring, 14K White Gold

Oval Ruby and Diamond Ring, 14K White Gold, $1,195

Sumptuous inside-out ruby hoops- a perfect accessory for the heat of summer:

Ruby Inside-Out Hinged Hoop Earring, 14 Karat White Gold

Ruby Inside-Out Hinged Hoop Earring, 14 Karat White Gold, $395

Demure and dainty, our invisibly set ruby heart earrings will set your heart aflame:

Ruby and Diamond Heart Earrings, 14K White Gold

Ruby and Diamond Heart Earrings, 14K White Gold, $595

Great looking boho-chic necklace, perfect with your maxi dress:

Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Ruby Gemstone Rope Necklace, 36 inch, 14K Yellow Gold

Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Ruby Gemstone Rope Necklace, 36 inch, 14K Yellow Gold, $395

Express your passionate side with ruby jewelry from Fortunoff. Our everyday prices that make sense will prove that you have the wisdom of a savvy jewelry shopper. Enjoy your summer!

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