Ruby, the second hardest gemstone known to man (after diamonds) has been assigned to mark 40th wedding anniversaries.
It is a most apt choice. This is because Rubies are believed by some to encourage passion and zest for life, to encourage joy, spontaneity, laughter and courage, and to help retain wealth and passion.
After 40 years, who would say that a Ruby Wedding Anniversary present would be unwelcome?
Although hard, Rubies have a soft centre in that they in fact a form of corundum - aluminium oxide – as are Sapphires. Corundum in any one of a number of colours, including brown and yellow, and can even be colourless. But the most prized are the intense reds: Rubies.
Discerning Ruby Wedding Anniversary Present buyers will find these gemstones vary considerably in price – generally related to colour and place of origin.
High quality Rubies have long been mined in Burma, but can also originate from Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Kenya and Tanzania. African Rubies tend to be darker and reach prices rivalling those of Rubies from Burma.
The choice of Ruby Wedding Anniversary present is truly wide embracing many styles of jewellery and many sizes and colour of stones.