Happy Birthday Ruby Fans

July’s birthstone is the ruby. I love the deep red richness of the stones, but often, for a bit less money, that beautiful red can also be found in tourmaline, red spinel and garnets.

As you know, I work only with previously mined stones, but you might be interested to know that historically rubies have been mined all over the world: Thailand, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, India, Namibia, Japan and Scotland; as well as Madagascar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Vietnam and Sri Lanka. A few rubies have also been found in Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wyoming.

The finest ruby is described as being a vivid medium-dark toned red. Less precious secondary colors include pink, orange and purple.

And who knew that there are famous rubies (thank you Wikipedia)?:

  1. In December 2011 Elizabeth Taylor’s complete jewelry collection was auctioned by Christie’s. Several ruby-set pieces were included in the sale, notably a ring set with an 8.24 ct gem that broke the ‘price-per-carat’ record for rubies ($512,925 per carat, so more than $4.2 million in total), and a necklace that sold for over $3.7 million. WOW!
  2. The Liberty Bell ruby is the largest mined ruby in the world. It was stolen in a heist in 2011.
  3. In 2007, London jeweler Garrard & Co featured on their website a heart-shaped 40.63-carat ruby.
  4. The Sunrise Ruby is the world’s most expensive ruby, most expensive colored gemstone, and most expensive gemstone other than a diamond. In May 2015, it sold at auction in Switzerland to an anonymous buyer for $30 million.

Rubies have always been held in high esteem in Asian countries. They were used to adorn armor, scabbards, and harnesses of noblemen in India and China. Rubies were laid beneath the foundation of buildings to secure good fortune to the structure.

This custom-made cross features a princess cut ruby, and the small ruby in this necklace from my Julie’s Garden collection really works well with the sea glass.

Whether your birthday is in July or not, you might want to consider a ruby or other deep red stone for your next piece of jewelry. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Come See Me…I’m on the Road


One of the things I enjoy most about summer is getting out on the road (see details below) and having face-to-face conversations with customers and new customers.

I so appreciate the loyal followers who have supported me over the years, and it is always fun to visit with them and share new pieces.

It’s also very exciting to meet people who are not already familiar with my work. At the recent show in Belfast, I met someone interested

in a custom design, and we are already corresponding about what she is looking for. It’s a great way to start off the relationship with a custom-design client.

This year, I freshened up my booth, and I’m delighted with the way it turned out. We can all use a new perspective from time to time, right?

All that said, as you are out and about this summer, I hope you’ll drop by to see me on the road or come by the shop. Nothing beats personal interaction!

And, of course, you can always reach me by email or phone.


Here’s the scoop on upcoming shows.

Yarmouth Clam Festival

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20-22

Downtown Yarmouth, Maine

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Mount Desert Island Maine Crafts Guild Show

July 27-29, MDI High School, Bar Harbor, Maine

Friday, July 27, 5-8 p.m.

Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 29, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.