Ruby – The Stunning Stone That Represents July
A birthstone is a unique and beautiful stone that is associated with the twelve months of the
year. So depending on which month you were born, would determine which stone would
represent you. If you are lucky enough to be born during the summer month of July then you
have the stunning Ruby as your birthstone. This vibrant red stone is one the most luxurious
sort after gems. A deep red colour with a slight hint of purple it is called “pigeon’s blood” by
those who work in the trade.
The name Ruby originates from the Latin word ruber meaning red. This colour is strongly
associated with passion and love. Back in ancient India, this ruby was nicknamed the “King of
precious stones” and it was very rare. It was so beautiful and hard to find that it was
believed to have mystical powers.
Where is The Ruby Birthstone Found?
These stones were once extremely rare to find. The search for the July birthstone originally
started in Myanmar (previously known as Burma). For over five Centuries, Mogok in
Myanmar produced some of the most sought after rubies that the world has ever seen.
In the 20 th Century, Vietnam becomes another place where you could source these stunning
stones. The Rainforest Mountains of Luc Yen, in the northern part of Vietnam, produce
dazzling rubies in a red to a purplish colour. Further down south if you go to the Quy Chau
district you will find many fine rubies and will still find Artisanal miners today mining the soil
in the hope they will find the gem that will change all their fortunes.
More recent places this gem has been sourced include Mozambique, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya.
Why Do People Wear A Birthstone?
The Ruby stone was said to be a symbol of power and youthful energy.
Other people centuries ago believed this red gem could predict any misfortune or danger
looming, whilst others believed it would cure any inflammatory conditions, and soothe
anger. If you were a Burmese warrior you wore these as you believed they would make you
invincible during battles. Whilst the medieval Europeans believed the ruby stone would give
them wealth, health, wisdom, success and love.
Looking After Your Ruby Jewellery
Although rubies are a strong and durable stone you should check before you make a
purchase whether or not your stone has been treated. Some Ruby stones are heat treated as
this removes the purplish colouration they have and leaves the stone a much brighter purer
red. Some of these treatments can make the ruby more vulnerable to damage during daily
wear so it is always worth making sure so you can look after and protect your jewellery
properly. In most cases, this July birthstone can be washed using a mild soap, soft brush and warm
water. It is always best to ensure you correctly clean your jewellery so that it keeps in top
condition for as long as possible. You should seek professional advice if you aren't sure of
the best way to do this.
Choosing A Ruby Stone To Buy
The ruby birthstone is also a gem that is typically given on your 15 th and 40 th wedding
anniversary, so can make the perfect give choice for many different occasions.
The gorgeous red stone is so luxurious that no matter what piece you choose to wear it in
you can guarantee with would look stunning. Standing out in a range of rings, earrings,
pendants and many other jewellery choices you really will have everyone asking you about
your ruby July birthstone. You should take the time or find the perfect jewellery for you
because this stone really will be a piece you will come to wear for many years.
This really would also make the most perfect gift for any of your lovely friends or family born
during the month of July. It is also an amazing gift even if July isn't your birth month because the ruby stone is a must-have for anyone. The luxurious ruby red stone will stand the test of time. This stone has been around for many, many years and is a timeless piece that will suit
anyone. It is perfect for all occasions and a great way to spoil the ones you love, and the
meaning behind the stone and the benefits it is said to bring you would really make the most
truly wonderful gift.