The word ruby comes from the Latin ’rubens’ which means red and because of their brilliant red hues, are often related to themes concerning the essence and vibrancy of life. If there is one gemstone that represents the passion of love, it is the ruby. Rubies are found in shades of red, from rich darkish red to pigeon blood red and pinkish red. The red hue comes from traces of the mineral chromium. They are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness and are as resilient as sapphires (they are both in the corundum family of gemstones) and only slightly softer than diamonds. Ruby is the birthstone for July and is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 15th or 40th wedding anniversaries.
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One of the largest rubies in the world weighs approximately 4.6 grams and it is put on display at the American Museum of Natural History.