Continuation of Birthstones

English: Ruby and Kyanite Locality: Winza, Mpw...

English: Ruby and Kyanite Locality: Winza, Mpwapwa, Mpwapwa District, Dodoma region, Tanzania Exquisite.. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay, I think now we were on July, so let’s get cracking.

The birthstone of July is Ruby, the color of blood. Ruby is a variety of Corundum, which includes Sapphire. Corundum is the hardest natural stone, second ONLY to Diamond. Surprisingly enough, all Corundum is is Aluminum Oxide. And Aluminum Oxide is basically rusted Aluminum. Unlike Iron rust, however, Aluminum Oxide is not powdery and does not flake off. Rather, it is extremely hard, and stays fixed to the host Aluminum. Corundum is formed when natural Aluminum oxidizes, and is mixed with a water solution. Over a period of time, depending on the concentration of Aluminum Oxide, the water dries, leaving some of the oxide, and a crystal begins growing, with more and more Aluminum Oxide in water solution flowing in to grow the crystal more. Traces of Chromium tint the crystal red.    A Ruby would best fit the personality of someone who is calm and decisive, someone who is thinking on their feet, someone who always rises to a position of leadership, someone who knows what to do in whatever situation and can make quick decisions, whether good or bad.

ไทย: เครื่องประดับที่ทำมาจากโอลิวีน (เพอริดอต)...

ไทย: เครื่องประดับที่ทำมาจากโอลิวีน (เพอริดอต) ซึ่งเป็นแร่รัตนชาติ เนืองจากมีความมันวาว สีเขียวมะกอกสวย (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

August’ birthstone is Peridot, pronounced in the French way. If you do not have a good French accent, don’t read the word. It hurts to hear French pronounced horribly. I can hear you all the way over here, so don’t say it. Please. Anyway, Peridot is the gem quality form of Olivine, which is of volcanic origin. Olivine itself is actually very common, quite a bit of the sand in the Hawaiian islands is made up of Olivine grains! Peridot itself is not worth very much, yet it is still a very beautiful little Gem.  The hues of Peridot reflect the personality of someone who is creative, full of energy, and has a good sense of humor. Someone who talks as much as she thinks, if not more. Always someone who is willing to make friends, and in all probability someone who likes to dance.

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