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Ruby July Birthstone

Bruce Iden African ruby ring. It is set in a 14k gold bezel and sterling silver. (Size 8, $495, BC0715348) Ananda Khalsa Tavernier Cut ruby set in 22k gold with diamond dots. (Size 7, $835, RIKARG16R) Deb Clinton Burmese ruby set in 14k gold and formed into a square ring. ( Size 7.5, $790, BC0225327) This collections shows these rings with 2 sets of earrings - Carla Caruso gold dots, 1.7 mm rubies set in 14K, ($285, MACARE603KR) and faceted ruby beads on silver wires by Marguerite Specht, ($58, BC0588172)

About the Ruby

When you are inspired to find a stone with meaning and beauty do you explore birthstone characteristics, historical significance, personal preference or do you consider a myriad of various external circumstances? Ruby is an excellent choice whether you are a July baby, a king or a person with exceptional taste. Ruby is noble, regal, it is chi and life force, it is the blood of the historic warrior and the magic of the goddess.

In the yoga lexicon the ruby is the stone of the root chakra. It is associated
with chi or life force moving through the body supplying energy and confidence. Wearing rubies is a way to honor self and cultivate positive self-awareness.
Rubies, related to sapphires in every way except color, are a hard corundum aluminum oxide mineral varying in color from sweet pinks to blood reds. When it comes in any other than red or pink it is considered a sapphire. Ruby is a rare stone, therefore, it can be expensive and difficult to find. Excellent specimens come from Myanmar, now going through major political transformation. (Please consider sending your best wishes to the people of this country for a peaceful and just government).

Nancy Ellinghaus Sapphire ruby pendant diamond hand-forged

Nancy Ellinghaus Silver Pendants with Faceted Sapphire and Ruby, each with a little Diamond.

Ruby and Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery Artists

Several of our Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery Artists offer exquisite hand crafted jewelry that feature ruby in many forms. Ananda Khalsa draws inspiration from natural forms, and the vibrant luminosity of natural gemstones. She strives to capture the precious quality found in ancient jewelry, while creating pieces with a modern sensibility. All of the gems used are hand picked for their unique and exceptional characteristics. (anandakhalsa.com/about)

Bruce Iden, Deborah Clinton and Marguerite Specht are member/owners of the Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery. Boulder’s own Bruce Iden is a gem wizard. From years of selecting and forming stones for his unique and classic settings he knows stones like nobody’s business. He is as rare as the beautiful stones he sculpts for his designs. Deborah Clinton’s language is the sweetest variety of stone and precious metals. Her delicate designs emphasize the most magical of stones selected for luminosity and color. Marguerite Specht chooses precious ruby to balance designs. Her beaded designs can be created entirely from one variety of stone or as in this necklace, the ruby is a shining supporting character in talented ensemble cast of amethyst, coral and silver.

A porcelain wood fired pitcher draped with a delicate ruby, amethyst and anodized silver necklace.

Ruby, Amethyst and Silver Necklace by Marguerite Specht, photographed with a Barbara Hoffman porcelain pitcher.