The stunning ruby is the birthstone for those born in July! After the diamond, rubies are the second hardest material on Earth. The traditional ruby can be found in many shades including strawberry to violet. The deep, vivid red is the most prized and popular color choice.
Ruby stones have been mined for over 2,500 years. The name Ruby, comes from the Latin “ruber” meaning red. They are said to bring good luck and protection to the wearer. It is also a biblical symbol of passion, fire, love and power.
There is a folk lore birthstone poem attached to the Ruby which reads:
“The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.”
Ruby is a member of the corundum group of gemstones which means it is closely related to the sapphire. The sapphire and ruby share properties including hardness and composition. It can be confused for other red gemstones including garnet, spinel, topaz, tourmaline and zirco.