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Celtic Birthstone - Ruby

 

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The Celtic birthstone ruby runs from the 18th March to the 14th April. This month is known as Art in the Celtic chart. Each birth sign has a tree assigned to it and for this month Alder is its tree.

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Ruby Jewelry

Ruby jewelry can be found in many designs. Ranging from earrings, pendants and bracelets for women to cuff links and tie pins for men. Depending on the size and quality of the ruby will dictate how much you will pay for the gift.

Ruby Colored Vases

Ruby colored vases are available in many different styles and materials. These include Glass, pottery and porcelain. If you want the gift to be different place a bouquet of flowers in the vase before giving he gift.

Celtic Birthstone Ruby Cuff Links

How about buying a nice set of ruby cuff links with a tie pin to match? Purchase a shirt to set the pieces off. Then wrap the gift in ruby colored paper or contrasting paper and a ruby bow.

Ruby Glass

There are many different types of glass available in the color ruby and you may decide to purchase a piece of Cranberry glass which is very collectible and is ruby in color.

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CDs

Look out for CDs with ruby in their title. Or the artist may be called Ruby. Check the type of music the person enjoys before purchasing the CD.

Information For The Gemstone Ruby

Rubies are considered one of the four precious gems together with sapphires, emeralds and diamonds.

Rubies are red gemstones, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide) in which the color is formed mainly by chromium. Its name derives from 'ruber', Latin for red. Natural rubies are exceptionally rare, but synthetic rubies can be manufactured fairly cheaply, these are known as created rubies.

Rubies are mined in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Greenland. They are mostly found in Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Kenya, Madagascar, and Thailand, but they are also be found in the U.S. states of Montana, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Mogok Valley in Myanmar has produced some of the finest rubies. In 2002 rubies were found in the Waseges River area of Kenya. Rubies are being mined at Audilamena in north eastern Madagascar. Rubies have a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, and among the natural gems, only diamonds are harder.

The ruby is also the traditional gift for the 40th wedding anniversary. It may also be given on the 15th wedding anniversary.

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