The birthstone for July, for centuries rubies have been a treasured gemstone among royalty because of their unique properties amongst other gemstones. The ruby is a very strong stone and is rivaled only by the diamond on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Although this durable stone easily stands up to the rigors of everyday wear a ruby like any other gemstone can chip and crack due to a blunt impact. It’s a good idea to remove your ruby before doing any household chores or other tasks. It’s also a good idea to remove it before applying lotions hair products or perfumes to ensure less buildup on the stones surface which can dull and cloud the stones appearance. To keep your ruby looking its best, clean it frequently with Connoisseurs Precious Jewelry Cleaner or Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik both formulated to be safe on precious gems. Use the specially designed brush to get underneath the stone and prongs where buildup occurs and interferes with the stones sparkle. Doing these steps will ensure your ruby stays brilliant for years and years.