July’s birthstone is the Ruby. The ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, colored by the element chromium. The name “ruby” comes from rubeus, the Latin word for red. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby translated to ratnaraj, which meant “King of Precious Stones”. Long associated with the life force, blood, the ruby is a symbol of power and youthful energy.
Chromium, which gives ruby its red color also causes fluorescence, which makes rubies glow like a fire from within. Paradoxically, chromium is also what makes this gem scarce because it can cause cracks and fissures - few rubies actually grow large enough to crystalize into fine quality gems, and these can bring even higher prices than diamonds. A ruby measures 9 on the Mohs scales; where diamond is the only natural gemstone harder than ruby.
Rubies are symbolic for passion, protection, and prosperity and have been revered since ancient times. Records suggest that rubies were traded along China’s North Silk Road as early as 200 B.C. and Chinese noblemen adorned their armor with rubies because they believed the gem would grant protection. One of the main attractions of the ruby was the protection from misfortune and illness they supposedly afforded their lucky owners.
We can include a Ruby stone in any piece of jewelry. Be sure to browse through our collection and get what you need for someone who has a July birthday, anniversary, an honorable moment, or for someone who wants to wear the “King of Precious Stones” all year long!