Both rubies and sapphires are in the mineral family corundum and made from aluminum oxide. Rubies that have more blue in them than red are often categorized as sapphires instead.
Large rubies with strong color and clarity are rare to find. These stones increase exponentially in value as they get larger, as long as the clarity and color are still intact. Stones with a lot of inclusions or disruptions in color are less valuable than clear, rich stones.
What are July’s Alternative Birthstones?
In addition to the ruby, there are several alternate birthstones for July. These include:
Sapphire: The sapphire is September's birthstone, but it can be used for July as well. This gem represents truth, honesty, peace and serenity.
Onyx: Onyx stones come in a variety of colors, from black to white to yellow and more. Onyx is considered a protective stone, meant to guard the wearer from intruders or people who may cause them harm. Onyx can also be used to enhance a person's physical strength.
Carnelian: Carnelian is a red/orange stone that mimics the color of fire. Carnelian is known to boost energy levels and bring about joy for the person wearing it.
Turquoise: Turquoise is a stunning blue/green stone that is found in many Native American artifacts. It is associated with an improvement in mental health, preventing panic attacks, mood swings, and post-traumatic stress. Turquoise is said to give the wearer clarity and a pure frame of mind.
So which July birthstone is right for you? Well, it's entirely up to your personal style. You could always wear jewelry that features multiple July birthstones, like a ruby ring with sapphire side stones. Or chose a piece of ruby jewelry with some edge to mix the timeless beauty of ruby with a modern twist. Either way, choose the gems that hold the most meaning for you personally, for these pieces carry your day-to-day stories and your unique journey.