Ruby (July Birthstone)
Just as Diamonds have become the gem of romance, Ruby has been the gem of passion and the heart’s desire since the dawn of time. Because of its lovely red color, Ruby has been associated with the heart, the blood and the centers of passion throughout its history.
In ancient India, Ruby was highly valued for three distinct purposes. Mystics used Rubies to stimulate spiritual creativity and religious devotion. Healers believed that Rubies could heal diseases of the organs as well as the heart and the blood. Ancient Greek women believed that wearing Ruby could bring them love and physical beauty. Many Roman nobles had intaglio rings carved out of Ruby to protect their wealth and health.
Rubies were considered the wedding stone though the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, as they were supposed to keep passion alive and promote lasting love and contentment in marriage.
In modern times, Ruby has become the July birthstone. Sharing the same physical properties as its fellow corundum Sapphire, Ruby’s vibrant color and durability make it a popular choice.