Each birthstone has a unique meaning – something special that resonates with the people born that month. Wearing a birthstone is a symbol of pride, whether you're wearing your own or one that represents someone you love. Today we will be exploring July's birthstones, including the well-known ruby and some of the lesser known stones of the month.
The most recognized birthstone for July is the ruby, a rich red gemstone that has been around since the dawn of time. Researchers often affiliate the existence of rubies with the collision of continents that occurred more than 50 million years ago. These precious stones are found in royal crowns, ornate necklaces, ornamental armor, and many forms of modern-day jewelry.
As with all birthstones, July's birthstones are associated with the zodiac signs for this month: Cancer and Leo. Cancer birthdays take up the majority of the month, but a Leo born in July can also claim the ruby or one of the alternate July birthstones as their own (Sapphire, Onyx, Carnelian, and Turquoise).
What do rubies do? What do they represent? Rubies are often associated with wealth and prosperity. Many ancient crowns were decorated with rubies, because they represented good fortune and courage. The ruby's deep red color also has ties to love, passion, and raw emotion.
Long ago, humans believed that rubies contained drops of Mother Earth's blood. The stones were highly sought-after because they were thought to hold the key to life itself. Some legends say that sapphires would turn into rubies if they were left in the ground long enough. Others say that rubies were used to tell if misfortune was to come. (The stones would turn a dark red color before an instance of bad luck, giving the user time to prepare for what was to come.)
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Rubies are graded much like any other gemstones based on clarity, color, cut and carat weight. Traditionally the most valuable and sought after rubies on the market were of Burmese origin, known for its pure red color. Today fine Mozambican and Malagasy stones rival the quality and color of the traditional Burmese sources.
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.
In addition to the ruby, there are several alternate birthstones for July. These include:
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 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.
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