July’s birthstone is traditionally the Ruby. Its deep red color symbolizes passion and love, and is often associated with fire. This Ruby is mentioned in ancient texts, including the bible, and has been sought after by royalty and nobility for generations.
The glowing ruby shall adorn
Those who in warm July are born
They will be exempt and free
From love doubt and anxiety.
The ruby has been prized throughout history is mentioned in the Bible and ancient Sanskrit texts. In India it was believed that the ruby gave its wearer a long life. In Myanmar (Burma) warriors thought rubies made them unconquerable in battle. The fiery crimson color of rubies caused many civilizations to associate them with passion, love and romance. The ruby is July Birthstone and the traditional fortieth anniversary gift.
The origin of the word Ruby comes from the Latin word for red, rubber. While the most sought after color for a ruby is red, it also comes in pink, purple, and orange.
The Ruby is produced Afghanistan, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), Kenya, and throughout Southeast Asia. On Mohs Hardness Scale the ruby has hardness on 9.