"The Ruby stole a spark from heaven above
To bring the July maiden untold Love."
Notable sources of ruby are Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Their colour can be a pale rose-red but the sought after colour is traditionally called "pigeon's blood" and is a fine even colour and transparency.
In the Middle Ages it was believed that the ruby could relieve pain as well as protect the wearer from drowning and cure rheumatism. The Hindus likened the glowing colour of rubies to an enduring fire.
A legendry ruby, the size of a man's hand, said to belong to the King of Siam in the thirteenth century, was thought to prolong youth. Each night and morning the king rubbed the priceless ruby over his face and neck. When he died, at the age of ninety, his complexion was like a young man's - unblemished and unwrinkled.
The ruby has been the traditional choice of kings and emperors for their Coronation rings. Among the Crown Jewels of France that survived the French Revolution are the celebrated rubies of the Royal Collection. These were redesigned and set with diamonds in 1816. The Black Princes Ruby in the English Crown Jewels is in fact actually a spinel, which is another beautiful red gemstone.
The qualities of ruby are said to be contentment, love and devotion.
I know the weather's been really poor and you don't feel like schmoozing around the shops dragging your umbrella and waterproofs around, but it should be picking up for the weekend!!! So, pop along on Friday or Saturday and get some inspiration for that big day!!! And, even if you're not "getting" married we still have some amazing displays for ladies and gents formal wear, pretty jewellery, delicious cakes, flowers and much more all under the one roof until Saturday.
And there are special offers to be had, too.
You could win an engagement photoshoot with our wedding photographer Kerry McNair, you can get 10% off the bridesmaid range at Sue Hill Clothing (vouchers exclusive to this Wedding Event), there's a £50.00 voucher to be won for Cherish Vintage who has some very pretty tiaras and hair combs and other accessories, plus a £50.00 voucher to be won for us at Payne & Son. We are also offering a 15% Gold Client Card with any Wedding Related purchase made in store this week. All you have to do is register your details with a member of our staff in store.
And if you need further tempting, we have some beautiful cup-cakes made for us by La Roche and some very tasty Champagne Truffles.................. need I say more?????
The event is only on til Saturday 12th May..................