Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 12:42 pm by Rob
The Month of July: The Ruby
THE JULY BIRTHSTONE
Ruby is the birthstone for July, and is among the most well-known and highly prized gemstones. Ruby is a variety of the gems speciescorundum. It is harder than any natural gemstone except diamond, which means a ruby is durable enough for everyday wear. Fine-quality ruby is extremely rare, and the color of the gem is most important to its value. The most prized color is a medium or medium dark vivid red or slightly purplish red.
THE HISTORY OF RUBY
The word “ruby” is derived from the Latin word “ruber” which means “red”. Since the ruby is such a magnificent gem, it is no wonder that ancients believed it to be the most precious of stones. According to legend, the Emperor of China Kublai Khan once offered an entire city in exchange for a single ruby.
The Significance of the Ruby
Regarded by ancient Hindus as the “king of gems”, the ruby was believed to protect wearers from evils in the world. A stone of nobility, the ruby meaning signifies a talisman of passion, protection and prosperity. This ruby’s fiery shade of red has helped capture the feelings of romance that have existed since ancient times. It is no wonder that rubies have been known to symbolize love and passion. July babies are known to be devoted, courageous, confident and full of vitality.