July Birthstone – Ruby
Happy Birthday, July! The July Birthstone is the Ruby.
The Ruby gets its name from the Latin word “ruber” meaning red. Called the Rajnapura (King of Gems) by ancient Hindus, the Ruby is among the most highly prized gems throughout history.
The Ruby is a variety of the mineral Corundum, which is found as crystals that form within metamorphic rock. Corundum is the second-hardest mineral (after diamonds), and comes in a range of colors. In any color that is not red, corundum is considered to be a Sapphire-only corundum in shades of red can be considered a Ruby. You can find rubies ranging in hue from orange-red to purple-red, but the true red gems are the most valuable.
The most beautiful Rubies are traditionally from Burma. Rubies can also be found in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and the United States.
About Birthstone Traditions:
Traditionally, there is a birthstone associated with each month. This is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron, which is said to have contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel.
There are plenty of legends and myths about the healing powers of birthstones and their therapeutic use. The most common of these says that wearing a gemstone during its assigned month amplifies its healing powers so, to maximize potential benefits, an individual would own all twelve birthstones, and would wear the appropriate stone each month.
Today, birthstones correlating to the month in which you were born are popular gift items to commemorate birthdays, milestones (like graduations), and other important occasions. Mother jewelry is also popular; these special keepsake items commonly include the birthstone of each family member.