Happy Birthday July!

It appears that certain dangers exist, or are said to exist in the lands where Rubies are found, such as malaria, wild beasts and venomous reptiles. But it is possible that these dangers may be exaggerated by the Ruby merchants in order to hinder competition

These words were written in 1879 by a famous British adventurer/gem hunter, Edwin Streeter.

 A 19th century image of Edwin, the British gem adventurer.

A 19th century image of Edwin, the British gem adventurer.

Rubies are as alluring and sought after today as they were then.  While there are no tales of dangerous wild beasts patrolling the gem mines rubies have more modern deterrent, prohibitively high prices.  Just this past May the most expensive colored gem was sold for a grand sum of $30 million dollars! It was named ‘Sunshine Ruby’. 

 Above image the 'Sunshine Ruby'

Above image the 'Sunshine Ruby'

Whether you love them for their rarity or their sheer beauty, one thing is for certain, they belong to July. Happy Birthday to all our friends born in July!