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Ruby: Meaning, July Birthstone

Ruby Gemstone Origin

Ruby was named after ruber, latin word for red. A ruby is a pinkish red to blood-red colored gem-quality mineral corundum, originally a gemstone from India. Ruby was named the King of Gems because of its intense color and attributes. First found for over two thousand years, Ruby is also found in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and some Southeast Asian and African countries.

Ruby as the June Birthstone

July 1 - 31

Ruby is the most recognized birthstone for July. July is notably one of the hottest months in a calendar, so it fits the blazing color of ruby. As well as that, a ruby is a perfect gift for someone celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

Color, Shades, and Varieties

Rubies and sapphire are both defined as corundum. The presence of a large amount of chromium is what makes a corundum gemstone red. All other varieties of corundum, anything not red, are classified as sapphire. In conclusion, rubies are red sapphires. These gemstones rank 9th on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness after diamonds.

As mentioned, Rubies come from different origins of the world and can be categorized based on where they originate. Burmese rubies have one of the deepest red-colored mineral corundum. With a slightly darker hue, Thai rubies are secondary consideration to the Burmese sibling. Differently, African rubies are one of the most demanded rubies that, generally, expose a purplish or dark red color. These countries are yet another contender in the ruby market.

Ruby Symbolism:

  • Ruby has represented endless nobility, purity, and passion

  • Many ancient crowns were decorated with rubies, that is why it symbolizes wealth, prosperity, good fortune, and courage

  • According to the bible, ruby is an attribute of wisdom and beauty.

  • When the right person wear ruby, this person are likely to see an increase in confidence

  • Rubies are said to symbolize the sun and can provide energy and vitality when worn as well as improve circulation.

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