July | Ruby

Ruby, the king of precious gems represents passion, love and success. Shopping for ruby, the July birthstone? Learn about its history, origins, care and cleaning, and where they can be found in order to help you pick the right one for yourself or a loved one. 

RUBY BIRTHSTONE MEANING & HISTORY

In ancient India, ruby was called the “king of precious stones” for its rarity, hardness (second only to diamond), beauty and seemingly mystical powers. Long associated with the life force blood, ruby was a symbol of power and youthful energy in Indian jewelry. In past centuries, some believed this birthstone for July could predict misfortune or danger, and others claimed it would cure inflammatory diseases and soothe anger. Burmese warriors believed it made them invincible in battle. Medieval Europeans maintained that rubies bestowed health, wisdom, wealth and success in love.

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