It is fitting that the birthstone for July is a ruby, a symbol of the sun.
Ruby is deemed to be the most precious of gemstones by the Bible and ancient Sanskrit writings. Revered in many cultures throughout history, the ruby has always been a talisman of passion, protection and prosperity. For thousands of years, it was also considered to be the stone of love, energy, power, and a zest for life.
Rubies are said to have many positive effects and mystical properties. They were thought to preserve mental and physical health. In the middle ages, rubies were viewed as a stone of prophecy. It was thought the stone darkened when danger was near.
Ivan the Terrible of Russia believed that rubies were good for the heart, brain and memory. In fact, a 13th Century prescription to cure liver problems called for powdered ruby! In the 15th-16th Centuries, rubies were thought to counteract poison. When rubbed on the skin, they were also thought to restore youth and vitality.
A brilliant stone to wear to attract wealth, the ruby can stimulate abundance, infusing the wearer with confidence, energy and passion.
The word ruby comes from ruber, which is Latin for red, and the pink to red color of a ruby is due to the element chromium.
Rubies are a variety of the mineral corundum. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are sapphires. Ruby is one of the five traditional cardinal gems together with amethyst, sapphire, emerald and diamond.
Since rubies signify love and passion, it makes it an ideal choice for Valentine’s Day jewelry. It is also the gemstone to be given on the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
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