Ruby: The July Birthstone

Ruby: The July Birthstone

The Coveted Ruby! Ruby, the gem of passion and love, is the birthstone for July! Its name comes from the Latin word 'ruber,' meaning red, and oh boy, does it catch the eye! The finest July birthstone boasts a deep red hue with a touch of purple, often referred to as 'pigeon's blood' in the gem trade.

In ancient India, ruby was revered as the "king of precious stones" due to its rarity, hardness (second only to diamond), and mystical qualities. It was associated with life force and blood, representing power and youthful energy in Indian jewelry. Throughout history, ruby has been believed to possess various powers, from predicting misfortune to curing diseases and bringing success in love.

Ruby's vibrant red color comes from trace amounts of chromium in the mineral corundum. More chromium means a stronger red hue. Fun fact: Rubies are often heat-treated to enhance their color and clarity, making them even more breathtaking.

When buying a ruby, always inquire about any treatments it might have undergone, as disclosure is essential. A GIA Identification Report helps identify if a stone is natural or synthetic and whether it has been treated.

For care, most rubies can be safely cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are usually safe for untreated and heat-treated stones. However, treated stones require special care.

Whether or not you're a July baby, owning a stunning ruby is a treasure worth cherishing! Discover our captivating collection of red gems at

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