Ruby – July Birthstone

Deriving its name from the Latin word ‘ruber’ meaning red, ruby is birthstone of the month for July, traditionally representative of both heat and power. Mined for over 2,500 years, rubies are considered to be one of the most valuable gemstones, originally deriving from India. In Sanskrit, this gemstone is named ‘rat-na-raj’ translated as ‘King of Gemstones’, and whenever a spectacular ruby crystal was discovered and reported to the Emperor, he would send notables to receive and welcome the precious new gemstone in appropriate style. However, before the ruby was held in such high esteem, it was actually used in blowguns as ammunition!

Ruby is the perfect symbol of powerful feelings and a ring mounted with a precious ruby symbolizes the passionate and enduring love between two people. The red variety of the corundum family, ruby is one of the hardest minerals, the perfect choice for an engagement ring, the red glow being thought to derive from an inextinguishable internal flame, making it a symbolic gift of everlasting love as this anonymous poem suggests;

The gleaming ruby should adorn
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.

Greeks believed rubies derived from red hot coals that turned into stone, while according to a Hebrew legend, rubies became symbolic of the boy Reuben whose conduct towards his father made him blush. Ground to a fine powder, ruby was also used as a cure for indigestion! To the ancient Burmese and other early cultures, rubies were believed to ripen in color gradually while maturing in the earth, just as fruit ripens on a tree over the course of time. Please note that we are no longer purchasing Burma rubies for political reasons, the stones seen within the pages of have not been recently purchased and come from estates.

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