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Ruby is the Birthstone for July

Ruby is all about passion, nothing says "I love you" quite like them. Ruby has been recognized for centuries as the world's most valuable gem. Far rarer than diamonds, Ruby is found in only a handful of mines worldwide. Madagascan Rubies are mined at a high altitude deep within an impenetrable jungle. A helicopter or grueling 11 hour trek on a muddy trail through a dense mountainous rain-forest are the only ways to reach the mine. The record of $425,000 per carat was set in Feb, 2006, by a collector in London who paid $3.6 million for an 8.62ct Ruby. A natural Ruby pendant with matching stud earrings should be a staple of every woman's jewelry collection, as the set is guaranteed to turn heads.

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