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GEMS December – How to care for Ruby

by JewelStruck on Dec.30, 2009, under GEMS, Jewelry Care

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Here comes our last post for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) December. We will be discussing on how to care for Ruby and Ruby Jewelry, so that it looks great always. But before that let me just summarize what all we posted about Ruby in GEMS December. We chose Ruby for GEMS to symbolize RED as December is HIV/AIDS awareness month.

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Dazzling Large Ruby Red Butterfly Brooch by GlitzUK

Lets come back to our last post on how to care for Ruby. A little care and caution can go a long way in preserving the luster and beauty of ruby jewelry

  • Ruby is hard but it is not advised to wear Ruby Jewelry while doing any rough work. While taking off Jewelry be careful that no pieces rub against each other in order to avoid scratching. Generally the only thing hard enough to scratch a ruby is another ruby (or sapphire) or a diamond, but you will still want to be careful with it, as it may be responsible for scratching something else (including metal) that it rubs up against.
  • If you will be working around the house using chlorine bleach or some other harsh detergent, you will want to take your ruby jewelry off. These harsh chemicals can discolor or damage your jewelry mountings.
  • Get your Jewelry inspected by the local Jewelry store or from where you buied, atleast once a year.
  • Ruby jewelry or any other would tend to collect dust and soap behind the gem; use warm soapy water to clean it.
  • Remember to always wipe dry your Ruby Jewelry with a soft cloth to remove sweat, oils or moisture before storing it.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning is approved from time to time to keep the Ruby blushing red.

Thats all we had in store for Ruby, we will be announcing our next month’s stone soon. Keep sending us your suggestions and feedback to info@jewelstruck.com.

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Proper Care of Ruby Jewelry

Proper cleaning of Ruby Jewelry

Rubies can be cleaned by using a simple solution of hot soapy water, or even rinsed off using detergent soap. You may also use a lukewarm solution of one part ammonia to six parts water. Be sure to rise the jewelry carefully if you use the ammonia solution. Those with a particular eye for care for their ruby jewelry may want to take a toothbrush and use it to remove small particles of dirt and grease from the stone or the setting. Though chemical agents are unlikely to have any effect on the ruby stone itself, they may be detrimental to the gold or silver setting of ruby jewelry and so should be avoided if possible.

  • Avoid wearing jewelry around chemicals: If you will be working around the house using chlorine bleach or some other harsh detergent, you will want to take your ruby jewelry off. These harsh chemicals can discolor or damage your jewelry mountings.
  • Take off your jewelry before becoming active: such as in sports or in manual labor using machinery. Though you are unlikely to damage a ruby in any amount of rough, physical play since they are so hard, the jewelry that the ruby is mounted in may be damaged and even bent, causing the stone to pop out and be lost.
  • Have your jewelry inspected: At least once a year with the jeweler you bought it from. If you bought your jewelry online, you should be able to get an insured mailer in order to send it back to them, or take it to a local jewelry store and they should be happy to inspect and professionally clean your jewelry for you for a small fee.
  • When you take your jewelry off: Be careful that no pieces rub against each other in order to avoid scratching. Generally the only thing hard enough to scratch a ruby is another ruby (or sapphire) or a diamond, but you will still want to be careful with it, as it may be responsible for scratching something else (including metal) that it rubs up against.

Taking the time to properly clean your fine ruby jewelry and having it inspected at least once per year is the best way to ensure that you will have it for a lifetime and that it will possibly survive you to become a family heirloom for you to pass down someday to your loved ones.

Move it Around

Rubies, like diamonds are a very versatile gemstone and may be worn on any part of the body successfully in order to accentuate and highlight your features. If you have had a particular ruby stone set in a ring, for example, you may later decide that you want to have the stone taken out of the ring and set instead in a necklace. Don’t be afraid to move your ruby around over the course of your life time, or better yet, buy a new ruby and allow the two of them to accentuate each other as well as you!

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GEMS December – Metaphysical & Healing properties of Ruby

by JewelStruck on Dec.28, 2009, under GEMS

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Continuing with our December month’s Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) for Ruby, we would be talking about healing, mystical and magical properties of Ruby which are believed by many.

Healing Properties

  • Cleansing the blood of toxins and protection from the plague
  • Supposedly prevents starvation
  • Beneficial in stimulating the adrenal gland
  • Helps improving blood circulation and fighting internal infections

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Ruby and diamond bangle by kotomigd

Mystical & Magical Properties

  • The ruby is believed to get intensity into your life. A ruby helps you bringing clarity and wisdom to your world. It very well helps you choose your most productive paths, this gem will fire up your passions and keep you motivated.
  • It supposedly guards you against harmful intentions.  This gemstone can also shield you from psychic or physical attack.
  • According to an ancient tradition ruby blesses your garden and protects it from nature disasters.
  • It helps to promote lucid dreaming, sleeping with it would confront your demons and uncover the means to defeat them. Dreaming of Rubies is also considered as a sign of an opportunity or money coming your way.
  • Wearing a ruby is said to increase the warmth of the body
  • Ruled by Mars, the gemstone ruby is worn during magical rituals to increase the inherent energies that are available to the magician

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GEMS December – The history behind Ruby and its applications

by JewelStruck on Dec.22, 2009, under GEMS

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Next with Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) for December are some facts on the historical and symbolic references of Ruby and current applications. Rarer than diamonds and also known as “the king of gems” to the ancients, with a color that symbolizes blood, anger, love, romance,  devotion, prosperity and courage ruby has played an important part in the myths and imaginations of cultures around the world throughout written history. Pre-historic tools found near the mining areas of Myanmar may suggest that man’s fascination with rubies predates language itself.

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According to legend, because of the color of blood, ruby has come to symbolize courage and bravery. Warriors implanted rubies under their skin to bring valor in battle. Ground to a fine powder and placed on the tongue, it was believed by some ancient cultures to cure blood diseases, stop bleeding, ensure good health, bring peace, and treat indigestion. As a talisman, ruby would warn its owner against danger and disaster.

Throughout history, other red gems such as spinel and garnet were mistaken for ruby. Only recently, with help of technology ruby can be distinguished from its colorful “twins.”  In fact, most large historical red stones (several hundred carats) are spinels. The French and Russian crowns and the Iranian treasury were all found to be using spinels. The largest known gem-quality ruby–at 250 carats–is on the crown, ordered in 1346 by Charles IV of Luxembourg, king of Bohemia (1316-78), for the shrine containing the skull of Saint Wenceslas, duke of Bohemia (921-29).

Today, rubies have numerous applications. They are used as styluses in turntables. Aldo in expensive wristwatches as tiny bearings. They form a crucial component at the laser’s core as well. This gem was thought to attract and maintain love and friendship and so it’s a great choice for an engagement ring. It is the traditional wedding anniversary gift for a couple’s 15th and 40th year.

So this was all about history behind Ruby, if you have anything related to ruby to share with our readers, please email us at info@jewelstruck.com. Also its just a week left with December, so sooner you send better it would be.

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Ruby chosen for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) December

by JewelStruck on Dec.03, 2009, under GEMS

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Here comes our first announcement for December month. Considering suggestions by all of you, we have chosen Ruby for Gemstone Each Month Series this month.  We had options of choosing a birthstone again too, but we wanted to contribute towards the fight against HIV/AIDS.  As december is  HIV/AIDS awareness month, and its been symbolized with RED. Chossing ruby for GEMS December made only sense. HOPE you will help us spread the word :-)

Ruby Ribbon

Ruby Aids Awareness Ribbon

Some quick facts about ruby :-

  • A ruby is a pink to blood-red gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide).
  • The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium.
  • Its name comes from ruber, Latin for red.
  • The ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, together with the sapphire, the emerald, and the diamond.

Gorgeous Ruby Ring

Gorgeous Ruby Ring

If you love Ruby, have created something beautiful using Ruby, or if you just want to share some info about Ruby. Please leave a comment or email us at :- info@jewelstruck.com

Obviously if its interesting and we publish it, you will be getting credit for whatever you are sharing :-)

So this was just to start with Ruby –  The December GEM..  do wait for more posts on Ruby coming up sooner.

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HIV and AIDS Awareness Jewelry

by JewelStruck on Dec.01, 2009, under News & Events

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Today is world HIV/AIDS awareness day, we are trying to support the HIV and AIDS awareness efforts via our blog. The best way to fight against AIDS is to spread awareness. I’m posting a few jewelry pieces on AIDS awareness, if you are trying out to spread out the word in some way, please do post in comments.

AIDS Awareness Bracelet

AIDS Awareness Bracelet

Red Ribbon HIV AIDS awareness Bracelet with Lampwork Beads

Red Ribbon HIV AIDS awareness Bracelet with Lampwork Beads

AIDS awareness dangle earrings on silver french hooks - Red Ribbons

AIDS awareness dangle earrings on silver french hooks - Red Ribbons

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