July, the month of sunshine and warmth, is represented by one of the most beautiful and valuable gemstones in the world, the ruby. This stunning red stone has been a symbol of passion, love, and prosperity for centuries. In fact, it is also the traditional gift for the 40th wedding anniversary. In this blog post, we will explore the history, meaning, and characteristics of the July birthstone, the ruby.
History of Ruby
Rubies have been prized for their beauty and believed mystical properties for thousands of years. In ancient India, rubies were known as "ratnaraj" or the "King of Precious Stones" and were believed to protect the wearer from evil and bring good fortune. In medieval Europe, rubies were believed to have healing powers and were used to cure many ailments. Throughout history, rubies were also associated with royalty and wealth. Many prominent figures, including Elizabeth Taylor, have been known to wear stunning ruby jewellery.
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The Meaning and Symbolism of Ruby
Rubies are believed to possess many symbolic meanings. In ancient times, rubies were believed to represent the sun and its life-giving energy. They were also associated with passion, love, and courage. In modern times, rubies are still thought to represent love and passion, making them a popular choice for engagement rings. Rubies are also believed to have healing properties and are thought to improve circulation and enhance vitality.
The July Birthstone
The July Birthstone is Ruby, a stone filled with fiery passion that empowers and protects like a fierce and graceful warrior. No wonder it's the colour of red hot love and freshly spilled blood. It represents strength, courage and passion.
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The July Birthstone Necklace comes with two necklace options: Beaded Snake Chain (pictured) or the minimal choker.
Characteristics of Ruby
The ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum and is one of the hardest gemstones, second only to the diamond. Rubies range in colour from deep red to pink-red, with the most valuable rubies being a vivid, pure red colour. The colour of a ruby is determined by the presence of chromium in the crystal structure. The more chromium present, the more intense the red colour. Rubies are also known for their fluorescence, which causes them to glow under ultraviolet light.
Rubies represent the sun, which is why we've included a genuine Ruby gemstone on the sun side of the As Above, So Below Spinner Necklace.
A Coveted Natural Gemstone
The ruby is a stunning and valuable gemstone that has been prized for its beauty and believed mystical properties throughout history. As the birthstone for July, it is a symbol of passion, love, and prosperity. Whether you are looking to celebrate a July birthday or simply appreciate the beauty of this stunning gemstone, the ruby is a perfect choice.
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