July Birthstone: Ruby

There’s no better way to demonstrate your love than by giving a ruby in celebration of a July birthday. Rubies arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love. Ruby is a variety of the gems species corundum. It is harder than any natural gemstone except diamond, which means a ruby is durable enough for everyday wear. Fine-quality ruby is extremely rare, and the color of the gem is most important to its value.

Rubies do not age. The fire that was locked in their hearts millions of years ago still burns, even after the emperors and empires that fought for them have crumbled to dust and ashes

The most prized color is a medium or medium dark vivid red or slightly purplish red. If the gem is too light or has too much purple or orange, it will be called a fancy-color sapphire.



Two-sided ruby and diamond bangle - Boucheron, circa 1935

Two-sided ruby and diamond Art Deco bangle, Boucheron, circa 1935



Van Cleef Arpels Mystery Ring Platinum Ruby Diamond Yakymour

Van Cleef Arpels yellow gold, ruby Mystery Ring



Two round rubies and a center brilliant diamond make this ring truly dazzling.


Ruby and diamond engagement yellow gold ring


Garrard Ruby Red NecklessBow ruby necklace by Garrard, ruby beads, diamonds & white gold

Ruby engagement rings are said to symbolize love, passion and courage, perfect for a colorful engagement ring that represents your relationship. For those born in July, ruby rings are particularly poignant. If your loved one’s birthstone is the ruby, it is worth considering whether a ruby center stone or side-stones would be a gorgeous choice for their engagement ring.

by Jean Amr

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