Rubies are considered one of the four precious stones. The other ones being the sapphire, diamond, and emerald. It is also one of the hardest stones. Their value is determined by the color with the red or 'pigeon blood - red' being the most valuable.
Very few stones have been found in the United States in areas like Montana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Most rubies come from Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Afghanistan.
One of the largest ruby gemstones in the world is at the Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. It is 23.1 carats.
These beautiful 'ruby' supplies are available from Team ESST
About New Year's Resolutions that we all seem to make. You may be familiar. They go something like this:
1. Join a gym. Learn a new language. Go on a diet. Eat healthy food. etc.
2. Actually join a gym. Look into registering for a class. Diet. Eat only non-fat food.
3. I'm too tired to go to they gym today. Do I really need a new language? It's only one bag of fries. Fries have fat in them?
Here are mine for this year. Or at least the ones that I meant. Be able to do ONE pull-up. I'm not there yet. But I'm practicing. Sometimes. And now...drum roll please...wear more skirts and dresses. I know, it sounds stupid. But I'm a woman you see. And I see other women wearing dresses and skirts and they look so 'girly'. So I'm happy to report that yes, I've worn a skirt or dress at least twice a week since the beginning of the year. Yay for my resolutions. I'll let you know about my pull-up. (Hopefully before December)