July’s Birthstone, the Ruby
What is July’s birthstone?
Ruby initial jewellery, the birthstone for July births and has the deep associations of elegance, royalty and glamour. In fact it is one of the four official precious gemstones along with Diamonds, Emeralds and Sapphires. Rubies are considered the king of gems and represent love, health and wisdom. It is believed that wearing a fine red Ruby bestows good fortune on its owner.
What does the word Ruby mean?
The word Ruby is derived from the Latin word “ruber” which means “red”, reflecting the colour of the stone. The Ruby is a precious stone of a carmine red colour, which sometimes can verge to violet in its colour.
The Ruby has been a source of fantastical stories and legends throughout the ages
The Ruby was said to symbolise the sun, and its glowing hue suggests an inextinguishable flame within the stone. Legends claimed that this ‘firestone’ would shine through even the thickest clothing and could not be hidden; if Ruby were cast into water it would cause it to boil, and if carved and pressed into wax, it would melt the wax.
Ruby Initial Necklace or Bracelet is available in Sterling Silver, Yellow or Rose Gold Vermeil. Birthstone Initial Jewellery is one of our most popular pieces of personalised jewellery, a truly treasured gift for the ones you love the most.
The glowing Ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Then they’ll be exempt and free
From love’s doubts and anxiety
Taken from Gregorian Birthstone Poems