July Birthstone - Ruby

What is July’s Birthstone? Ruby Gemstone

July, the seventh month of the year is represented by the radiant Ruby birthstone. Rarer than diamonds, this precious gem was believed to bring magical powers and protection to its wearer. The lucky people born in July have coveted Ruby as their birthstone. Known as the ‘King of Precious Stones’ Ruby is the second hardest stone in the world.

Traditional birthstones have changed over time and adapted to modern times, but the Ruby birthstone has always been considered to represent July.

Two unique zodiac signs share July: Cancer and Leo, thus they are the chosen ones to have Ruby as their modern Birthstone. Just like the month of July, Ruby is as warm and as shiny, as to fully convey the radiance of the seventh month.

Most of the Cancerian birthdays take up the month of July, but Leos born in July can also claim the ruby as their birthstone. Of course, each zodiac sign has its own characteristics, but they share a whole birth month of July.

In this article, we are going to find out what makes the modern birthstone Ruby so unique, the history behind the deep red July gemstone, and a lot more. 


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What Color is July Birthstone?


The name Ruby is derived from the Latin word ‘Rubeus’, meaning red. Ruby is a red variety of stone sapphire. All the other colours of this gem are called sapphire, meaning that the uniqueness of this precious stone is its deep red colour. It is mineral corundum, coloured by the element chromium. The level of chromium determines the deepness and colour saturation of the red. It also has a tiny hint of purple, known as  ‘pigeon’s blood.’ The term was often used in the middle ages.

Ruby’s colour may range from deep blood red to softer rose red, depending on the amount of chromium. There are some pink, purple, or orange undertones as well. The level of undertones defines whether the precious stone is a ruby or a pink, orange or purple sapphire.

And with that said, the ‘pigeon’s blood’ undertone, its purplish colouration, is what determines the price point of the ruby. The denser the purple tone, which results in darker and richer colour, the higher the price tag of the jewellery. 


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What Is the Meaning behind July’s Ruby Birthstone?


Ruby is frequently referred to as the ‘King of Precious Stones’, that’s why you will see many ancient crowns decorated with this special stone. This birthstone for July is associated with prosperity, good fortune, and courage, that is the reason why royals wanted to showcase their wealth with rubies.

In ancient times, in India, ruby was a representation of immense power and vitality. Some even believed the July birthstone could predict upcoming danger and misfortune while offering protection. Moreover, others were sure that Rubies can cure diseases and relieve pain.  

In Burma Myanmar (one of the oldest sources of rubies) warriors believed that wearing rubies will make them invincible and powerful. In Medieval Europe, people thought that red rubies bestowed health, wisdom, wealth, and success in love. The deep red hue represented gifted love, passion, and pure emotions.

There is also a saying ‘If you own a ruby, you will live in harmony and be protected from danger. If you dream of a ruby, you will have good luck.’ So, don’t hesitate on dreaming about a July Ruby if you still don’t own one. 


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Some Facts on Precious Rubies 


  • Rubies are known to be the ideal gift for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries
  • Burmese ruby once was the most valuable rubies on the market, but now you can catch Mozambique ruby as well
  • Ruby is the second hardest stone in the world after diamond
  • The precious stone is often used to soothe body pain and help with blood problems, low energy, and heart issues
  • French jewellers in the 19th century referred to the ruby as the ‘dearly loved stone'
  • In ancient times, people believed that rubies are drops of Mother Earth’s blood


Extraordinary Ruby Jewellery in History


Throughout history, there have been some fine Ruby stones and iconic jewellery pieces made of Rubies. The bloody red precious stone has found many places in history on various occasions. For example, one of the largest rubies in the world is named the ruby of “Peace” as it was found in 1919 shortly after the First World War ended. The 42-carat, pigeon’s-blood color, rough ruby was discovered in the Mogok valley in Burma Myanmar. 

Another famous Ruby stone is The Carmen Lúcia. It is one of the finest and largest Burmese rubies known. The stone was also mined from the prominent Mogok region of Burma in the 1930s. 


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Also, the most expensive coloured gem ever sold in the auction was a Ruby. 

Nowadays, precious gems like ruby, emerald, diamond, and sapphire are sometimes suitable for everyday normal wear as well. People have modernized the July birthstone ruby and use it for engagement rings, negative energy cleansing, and opening the heart chakra. Imagine a precious gem that is a modern birthstone, has a beautiful red color and helps in improving mental health. Can there be a better gift?


How to Clean and Care for Ruby Precious Stones?


The July birthstone can be easily cleaned with lukewarm water with mild soap and a soft brush. Sometimes that is all the care your stone requires. If you seek a more thorough cleaning process ultrasonic cleaners, steam cleaners and heat treatment are usually the best choices. 

Additionally, the ruby gemstones can be heat treated to remove some unnecessary purple colouration. This process results in the precious gems appearing lighter, more opaque, and having a purer red finish. 

Note: Before you purchase a ruby,  ask if your ruby has been cleaned and how. There are some lower-quality rubies that are artificially coloured to increase their price. Also, a GIA Identification Report is crucial to identify if a stone is genuine or artificial. Even if you are not born in July and do not need a July Birthstone, possessing a stunning ruby is a precious thing. Don't forget to ask if the July birthstone ruby was used for everyday wear or occasionally. 


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As you have probably already guessed historically lots of rubies were found in Burma, but nowadays there are other competitor sources as well. High-quality rubies are also common in Mozambique and are also popular in the market today.


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Overall, Rubies are stunning gemstones and will suit any age and style. Ruby rings will make your hand movements look rich and full of love. Whereas ruby earrings will emphasize the deep eyes of the wearer.

The July birthstone will make anyone born in July consider themselves lucky. Whether you’re a Cancer or a Leo, ruby jewellery will make you feel the most wanted person on the earth. Enjoy your rich red gemstone to the fullest and shine on. You can go the extra mile and check out our vintage ruby bracelet and achieve “one in the million” look!

So if you are a lucky one born in July or you are shopping for July birthstones for someone else, you are in the right place. Our collection of July birthstone ruby will make you fall in love with the ruby gemstone and you will cherish the beautiful piece for the years to come.