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    By Karen Edmund
The birth stone for July is Ruby.  Along with the Diamond and Emerald, it is one of the more popular stones that everyone knows and asks about.  Because of the expense and difficulty in finding gemmy Rubies, much of what you see on the market today is either lab created or lab enhanced.  We have Rubies from India in their natural form, though not of gem quality.  We do have some Ruby rings that have a star.
 
Onto another topic – Did you know that Minerals and More offers a (lay-a-way) plan.  You can pay for your item in three installments of 1/3, 1/3 and a final payment.  The first payment is due the day you find your perfect mineral, crystal, or piece of jewelry.  Then you can come in or call us with your 2nd and 3rd final payment.  When paid off, you can take your item home.  This is a great way to get the crystal you want that you might not otherwise be able to afford.

 Featured - Ruby
Ruby is a red gemstone in the Corundum family.  So essentially Ruby is a Red Sapphire though it holds an individual classification rather than being grouped in with Sapphires of other colors.  It has a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale as do Sapphires.  Rubies have been mined for over 2500 years and have a rich history.

The color, which is caused by minute inclusions of the metal Chromium, can be bright red, dark reddish brown or a purplish red.  Large Rubies that are transparent are even rarer than Diamonds.  The most desired color is a deep blood red with a slight blue hue.  Some Rubies are heat treated to increase their transparency and to improve color.  Lighter colored Rubies, those with a pinkish hue, are classified as Sapphires.

A special Ruby is the Star Ruby.  This phenomenon is caused by inclusions of slender Rutile crystals.  The Rutile causes the stone to exhibit asterism which is a star like appearance.  Most Rubies will have a six-ray star though a twelve-ray star is also possible.  Approximately three Star Rubies are discovered for every 100 mined.  Fine Star Rubies, those that are symmetrical and exhibit a high asterism, are even rarer.

Synthetic Rubies first were made in the 1800s.  Auguste Verneuil, a Chemist, perfected his method which he showed at the Paris World's Fair in 1900.  In 1902, Rubies were mass created by the Verneuil Process.  Only experts can distinguish between natural and lab-created Rubies.  The synthetic Rubies tend to be eye clean where as the natural tend to have inclusions or impurities.  Under a microscope though the synthetic Rubies may display curves, gas bubbles, or striae.  Synthetic rubies have been used in Ruby lasers, mechanical clockworks, and scanning probe tips to name a few.  They are used in some of the applications due to their hardness which can stand up to wear.

Rubies are graded by the four Cs which are color, cut, clarity, and carat weight.  Their geographic origin may also be taken into consideration.

Places Rubies may occur include Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Columbia, India, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and the USA (Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, & Wyoming).

Metaphysical Properties:  Ruby is believed to energize a person on the physical, mental and emotional levels by aiding life force energy to course through the body (vitality, sensuality, and sexuality).  It creates a greater passion for life (bliss) and fortitude by eliminating hopelessness and feelings of defeat.  Helping one take a leap of faith, it allows a person to move forward rather than remaining stuck.  Ruby is a great stone to carry for someone who is standing up for a cause in which they believe such as those involving people, children, animals, the environment, etc.  A stone of prosperity, it also acts as a beacon so the angels can find you to help you as needed.


Calendar of Events

July

July 4th Wednesday - Store Closed - Happy 4th of July!!

July 22nd Sunday -  Class by Brenda N. -
Cowrie Shell Divination - In this class learn how to use Cowrie Shells to answer yes and no

                        questions.  You will take home your Cowrie shells in a pouch and an instruction sheet to help you interpret the

                        answers you receive.  We will practice in class.  Class is from 10:45 am until noon and costs $15/person cash.


August
August 19th Sunday -  Class by Brenda N. - Meditation with CrystalsWe will work with three different Crystals and do a 7 - 10
                      minute meditation with each.  There will be time after each session to share the experiences you had as well as to ask
                     any questions you may encounter during any of the meditations.  Class is from 10:45 am until noon and costs
                     $10/person cash.

Remember you may also check the Calendar of Events on our website.