July Birthstone – The Regal Ruby
It's brilliant, passionate, deep and bold. - it’s ruby, the birthstone for July. With its captivating regal red colour, the ruby birthstone truly stands out. This amazing gemstone is also desirable because of its hardness, durability, lustre and rarity.
What is the Birthstone for July?
The ruby gemstone is the birthstone for July. July birthstones are also the traditional gemstone celebrating both the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
The ruby gemstone is actually a red sapphire, and ruby and sapphire are identical in all their fundamental properties except colour. The July birthstone colour gets its brilliant red hue from chromium. The most renowned rubies hail from places like Myanmar, the Himalayas and northern Vietnam.
But you don't have to travel so far to find a ruby. At Peoples, you'll find the ruby birthstone in a variety of impressive hues that range from bright red to dark reddish-brown. The most desirable ruby colour is a radiant, rich and deep red with a hint of blue called "pigeon's blood. "
If ruby and sapphire are the same, then why is the ruby its own birthstone? The ruby birthstone is in its own class because of its incredible appeal and impressive historical significance. In fact, a large ruby can fetch higher prices than an equally sized diamond!
The value of the July birthstone is recognized all over the world, from Europe to India and everywhere in between. The word "ruby" comes from the Latin word "ruber" which means "red".
In the ancient Indian language Sanskrit, the ruby birthstone is called "ratnaraj" meaning the "king of precious stones. " It and many other ancient cultures viewed the July birthstone as the most luxurious of all the stones. In the same region, ancient Hindus believed that they would be reborn as an emperor if they offered a ruby to Krishna.
The Meaning of the Ruby Birthstone
In the Bible, the ruby birthstone is mentioned four times in connection with beauty and wisdom. Medieval Europeans believed that ruby birthstones brought good health, wisdom and a prosperous love life. Today, you can still honor these ancient beliefs by donning stunning ruby birthstone jewellery adorned with this precious gemstone.
According to legend, July birthstone owners will have a life of peace, many riches and good health. Ruby birthstones continue to be one of the most sought-after gemstones for royalty, posh icons and upper-class style.
Folklore and customary beliefs associate July birthstones with the most intense emotions - like love and passion. Some call the ruby birthstone the stone of love, and its rich colour connects it to power and desire. Finally, July's birthstone is thought to foster an abundance of energy, emotional strength, clear focus, a positive attitude and self-reliance.
July Birthstone Care
The sparkling July birthstone is a tough gem. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, the ruby is a 9.0. Only diamond and moissanite, the hardest minerals on earth, rank higher. The toughness of the ruby birthstone means it easily stands up to everyday wear. However, like any gemstone, a ruby birthstone could chip due to blunt impact. So always be sure to remove your ruby jewellery before doing certain types of work or manual labor.
To keep your July birthstone shiny and beautiful, follow these simple care guidelines:
- Apply any lotions, perfumes and hairsprays before putting on your jewellery.
- Clean rubies with mild liquid soap and warm water. Dry with a soft lint-free cloth.
- Use a toothbrush to gently clean your July birthstone.
- Avoid storing rubies next to other gemstones, as your July birthstones may scratch more delicate stones.
Find July Birthstone Styles at Peoples Jewellers
Ruby birthstones have been popular for millenia and for good reason. They’re beautiful, brilliant and are an eye-catching look set in silver or gold.
And whether your birthday is in July, or you just love the colour red, having a piece or two of ruby jewellery will enhance your wardrobe. July birthstone jewellery is trendy, distinctive and expressive.
Visit your local Peoples Jewellers retail store to shop ruby jewellery or browse our website to find a sparkling array of ruby gemstone jewellery online. You can count on Peoples for both traditional and contemporary styles of ruby jewellery that celebrates life, love and of course, a July birthday too.