July Birthstone: Ruby
The birthstone for July is the ever-popular ruby. Ruby is one of the traditional cardinal gems, together with amethyst, sapphire, emerald, and diamond. We love rubies and agree with many people who describe this stone as the king of gems. Rubies have long been associated with health, wisdom and love and it is believed that the wearer of this distinctive gem will be blessed with good fortune and luck.
However, with this valuable gemstone, one must always be aware that ruby is a stone that is oftentimes manufactured in a lab. In addition, there are many different gemstones with ruby in their name that are not rubies at all. The most common of these gemstones are Balas ruby, pomegranate ruby, spinel ruby and ruby spinel. Therefore, the best way to ensure your ruby is genuine is to buy from a trusted source.
Why Are Rubies So Popular?
One reason why many people love rubies is that it’s considered to be a source of protection for one’s home, family and worldly possessions. Rubies are also believed to protect against u According to the American Gem Society, rubies are: “Symbolic of the passion and energy associated with the color red, the vibrant ruby is said to bring love and success.” Furthermore, the website crystalsandmeanings.com says that, “Ruby is associated with rising Kundalini energy and is said to help you follow your bliss. Ruby is considered a powerful manifestation stone which may be in part due to the association with Kundalini and finding your bliss in life.”
The History of Rubies
In many ancient cultures, rubies were regarded as sacred. The Ancient Hindus believed they’d be reborn as emperors if they offered rubies to the supreme god, Krishna. In Ancient Greece, there was a legend claiming that the glowing fire within rubies could melt wax!
According to Wikipedia, “An early recorded transport and trading of rubies arises in the literature on the North Silk Road of China, wherein about 200 BC rubies were carried along this ancient trackway moving westward from China.”
More recently, the red fluorescence power of ruby was the basis for building the first working laser in 1960. And, according to the American Gem Society, “Rubies—both natural and synthetic—are still used to make lasers, as well as watches and medical instruments.”
Where Do Rubies Come From?
EarthSky Communications reports that, “The word ruby is derived from the Latin “ruber,” meaning red. This name was once used to describe all red stones, including red spinel, red tourmaline, and red garnet. Many famous rubies in history turned out not to be rubies after all. For example, the famed Timur ruby – given to Queen Victoria in 1851 – was later found to be ruby spinel.”
Along with its close relative, the sapphire, the ruby is a form of the mineral corundum, which is normally drab and grey in color. Red gemstone corundum is called ruby. All other gemstone corundum colors – orange, yellow, brown, green, blue, purple, violet, black, and colorless – are called sapphires.
Where Do We Get Our Rubies?
We get our rubies from Gemfields, the world’s largest coloured gemstone producer. Gemfields prides itself on responsibly sourcing coloured gemstones, particularly emeralds and amethysts from Zambia and rubies from Mozambique. Learn more about where we get our rubies by visiting Gemfields’ website at gemfields.co.uk.
If you are celebrating a July birthday, honoring your birth month with a beautiful piece of jewelry featuring ruby is the perfect way to go. Buying our 20K matte-finish Happy Buddha Pendant Set with Rubies will allow you to reflect fondly on past birthday memories for many years to come. This piece is part of a collaboration with GEMFIELDS x MUSE.