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COVID-19 Announcement

To our valued clients and friends,

In compliance with the Governor's orders, our Chevy Chase MD and Washington DC locations will be closed until further notice. Our McLean, VA location will remain open with both limited staff & hours until otherwise directed. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this brings. Please reach out to us via phone or email to make arrangements in the event you need something of an urgent matter.

In addition, we would like to invite our clients to utilize our new, limited "Concierge" service. While we are unable to maintain our day to day operations, we welcome the opportunity to try and accommodate gift requests for upcoming special occasions. Please contact us directly to discuss your needs. If possible, we can email or text you options and then arrange for pick-up or delivery.

Boone & Sons is proud to have served the Washingtonian area for over 60 years. These are new & uncharted times for all of us. Together, we will get through this and we look forward to working with you during brighter times when everything is back to normal.

The Boone Family & Staff

Ruby
July Birthstone

Ruby is the birthstone for July, and the 15th and 40th year anniversary gemstone.

Undoubtedly one of the rarest gemstones, the ancient Hindus considered the ruby “the king of precious stones.” The ancient Burmese believe that rubies generate a protective force, shielding them from all malice and ills. This aluminum oxide gemstone can certainly protect itself, as it is the second hardest gemstone behind the diamond. The ruby’s extreme durability allow it to be cut into every size and shape, creating unique examples of fine jewelry.

Corundum is the host mineral in which ruby deposits are found; the trace elements introduced into the corundum determine whether or not a ruby is formed. When the coloring agent chromium is introduced, a ruby is produced, while other trace elements  will produce the gemstones known as sapphires (iron, for example, is the element responsible for blue saphhire).

Historically the leading ruby-mining countries have been Myanmar (Burma) and Sri Lanka. Today, rubies are found in Thailand, Madagascar, Africa, and Vietnam. Due to the U.S. moratorium on gemstones and pearls from Myanmar, fine rubies are particularly difficult to obtain. Natural rubies are a very slow-growing crystal, making it rare to see a large ruby of almost any quality.

When you see a really beautiful gemstone like the ruby, its incredible red color will almost certainly stop you in your tracks.

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