Your Guide to July’s Gems
Summer is the perfect time to
add to your gemstone jewellery collection, and whether you are collecting your
unique pieces as jewellery gifts or browsing the market for yourself, the month
of July offers a number of gemstone wonders to choose from. Ruby, carnelian and onyx are all gemstones synonymous with July, but what do you need to know about
this summer trio?
As a specialist in sterling
silver jewellery and gemstone jewellery, Booth & Booth hand picks the stones
that you should be wearing from season to season. Here we thought we’d take a
closer look at the three birthstones that are leaving individuals celebrating
their birthday in July spoilt for choice.
Known for its pink to blood red
colouring, the ruby is an exceptional stone that because of its beauty is a
perfect jewellery gift for Valentine’s Day as well as for those born in July.
Rubies are particularly hardwearing and with a Moh’s scale grading of 9 are
second to diamonds when it comes to hardness. In regards to cut, rubies are
pretty versatile thanks to their hard and durable nature, however, the oval and
cushion cut stones are very popular.
As well as being the
traditional birthstone for July and a favourite for Valentine’s, the ruby is
also used to celebrate 40th wedding anniversaries. When choosing a ruby for
your loved one this summer, it is important to note that only red stones are
classed as rubies, Burmese rubies being the most vivid, whilst other colours
are officially called sapphires.
Another gemstone known for its
rich and summer inspired colouring, the carnelian’s brownish-red tone may not
sound the most appealing but it sits at the heart of many beautiful gemstone
jewellery pieces. A part of the chalcedony family, carnelian was treasured in
the ancient world and as a result was used to adorn signet rings and seals
thanks to its vibrant yet translucent colouring.
As well as being a birthstone
for July, carnelian was also renowned for its healing properties, and was
thought to inspire motivation, endurance, leadership and courage.
Also a part of the chalcedony
group of gemstones, onyx may not be a stone that you automatically associate
with summer yet it is known as the alternative birthstone for July. Known for
its luxurious black colouring, onyx also has a fine texture that makes it
perfect for many jewellery pieces, including silver bracelets, rings, necklaces and
pendants. Natural black onyx is extremely rare, with the majority of stones on
the market heat treated to achieve the intense black colour. This stone is also
available as red onyx and green onyx.
All these wonderful red gemstones look gorgeous set in sterling silver. Explore our collection of sterling silver chains and sterling silver bracelets to mix in with your red jewellery.