July Birthstone True or False: Ruby
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OK, gemstone fans, July’s birthstone is the same color of one of the most iconic movie slippers of all time. Take the Empire Jewelers’ true/false quiz and put your gemstone knowledge to the test!
Ruby is the birthstone for July, as well as the astrological sign of Capricorn.
Ruby is the red gem form of the mineral corundum, and is the first hardest natural mineral known to mankind.
Trace amounts of the element chromium is what gives rubies their red appearance.
Corundum gems colored red are called emeralds.
Rubies in shades of pink are simply referred to as pink rubies.
The finest rubies in the world were once found in Burma in South and Southeast Asia. Today, Burma is known as Madagascar.
The color of the pure red rubies from the mines of Mogok were sometimes referred to as "pigeon's blood.”
The most expensive ruby ever sold was an 8.62 carat pigeon's blood cushion-cut ruby set in an 18-karat gold rectangular mount. It sold at auction at Christie’s in 2006 for a reported $36 million.
In ancient times, rubies were thought to give its wearer good health, wisdom, wealth, and success in love.
Flawless top quality rubies are more valuable and rare than top quality colorless diamonds.
The word red is derived from the Latin word, rojo.
Natural rubies are almost never treated to improve their color or strength.
At the end of The Wizard of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch of the North tells Dorothy she can return home to Kansas by clicking the heels of her ruby slippers together three times and repeating the phrase, “There's no place like Oz."
Ruby Quiz Answers:
False. The diamond is the first hardest mineral with an absolute hardness of 1600, four times more than corundum, which has an absolute hardness of 400.
False. Blue corundum gems are called sapphires.
False. Today, Burma is known as Myanmar.
False. The most expensive ruby ever sold at auction was purchased at Christie’s in 2006 for a reported $3.6 million.
False. The word red is derived from the Latin word, ruber.
False. Almost all natural rubies are treated to improve their color and strength; this is standard practice and accepted by the American Gem Trade Association and Israel-Diamonds.
False. To return to Kansas, Dorothy must click her heels three times and repeat, "There's no place like home."
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