July's Birthstone: Ruby
Those born in July are lucky to have the red ruby as their birthstone. Symbolising passion, ruby is believed to bring love, success and wisdom to those who wear it.
Ruby is one of the most romantic gemstones but what do you know about the birthstone for July? Read on to discover more about the history and meanings of the ruby gemstone:
Ruby – History, Origins and Meanings:
The world’s love affair with rubies has a unique and interesting history. Did you know that the July birthstone comes from the Latin word ruber, meaning red?
Rubies have long been associated with wealth across the globe. Some believe that rubies are one of the 12 most precious stones created by God.
The July birthstone is the most desirable and valuable stone of the corundum family, which also includes Sapphire.
What Colour are Rubies?
Rubies are red and violets are blue. But did you know that rubies can also have a hint of purple? The most desirable rubies are those which have overtones of purple.
These rubies are known as “pigeon’s blood” in the world of gemstones. Any variance of colour can have a detrimental impact on the value of the stone. Pure red rubies are the most expensive. Those with orange overtones are the least expensive.
Where Do Rubies Come From?
The first rubies were discovered in Myanmar, one of the major producers of the July birthstone. Myanmar has been producing rubies for more than five centuries.
Since the 20th century, Vietnam has also become a key producer of some of the most valuable rubies in the world. In more recent years, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Madagascar have joined Vietnam in becoming some of the world’s biggest producers of rubies.
Ruby: Special Properties and Meanings
The birthstone for July has long been admired for its radiant red colour. But did you know that rubies also have special properties and meanings? Ruby is the beautiful birthstone of July and is also commonly given to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary.
Traditionally, it was believed that rubies symbolised power and youth. In India, some believed that rubies had the power to prevent danger and cure certain diseases. Rubies have long been associated with protection. It has been said that Dorothy's ruby slippers symbolised protection in The Wizard of Oz.
Those who celebrate a July birthday will also be pleased to know that rubies promote good health, wisdom and romance.
How to Clean Rubies - Top Tips:
- Use Soft Polish Cloth to keep your jewellery clean.
- Store in a Velvet Pouch when you are not wearing your ruby jewellery to keep it sparkling!
- Avoid harsh cleaners as they can damage the stone.
Discover Ruby Jewellery:
Are you looking for the perfect gift for a July birthday or perhaps a 40th wedding anniversary present? Discover our collection of ruby jewellery. Here at Lily Blanche, we use only genuine rubies which are beautifully cut into facets to show off their light-reflecting properties.
Make it personal with our ruby charm necklace. Add your initial or an initial of a loved one for a special personalised gift
Brighten your jewellery box with a pair of Ruby Hoop Earrings. Choose from gold, silver or rose gold hoops. Our ruby gemstones are interchangeable, allowing you to wear them with or without the gemstones.
Symbolising passion and love, rubies make the perfect romantic gift. Discover more about our Ruby Jewellery here