All About Birthstones: July

Ruby is the birthstone for July


JULY'S BIRTHSTONE

   RUBY

 


The Basic
Considered one of the Big Three in gemstones, ruby is part of the corundum mineral species, which includes sapphire. Ruby can range in color, but the finest rubies are a vibrant red.

This gem has a long history as a prized treasure, adorning the crowns of royalty and the precious antiquities of many civilizations. The Sanskrit word for ruby means "king of gems."

Meaning
The signature red of a ruby is associated with good fortune and prosperity. Passion and love are also qualities conveyed by a ruby. Additionally, health and wisdom are thought to be bestowed on one who wears this gem.

Cleaning
Rubies should be cleaned gently with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.

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