Ruby: The July Birthstone

The July birthstone is the Ruby. In pop culture when one thinks of a ruby, they think of “The Wizard Of Oz” and Dorothy’s slippers. Little girl’s often beg for these shoes as a keepsake and homage to this wonderful movie, but there's more than that to the ruby gemstone!


The July Birthstone, ruby is enticing, beautiful, powerful and passionate. This stone is known to represent love and adoration from its rich history. It is deemed to be one of the most precious gemstones, sought after for its vibrant appearance and illuminating qualities. These stones are also most popular on Valentine’s Day as the gift of love. 

Notably used by the wealthy in India, the Hindu people called the ruby king of the gemstones. They considered light colored rubies to be appropriate for women and darker rubies to be appropriate for men. A common practice was to divide rubies into castes, the upper class, middle class, and a lower class in terms of color and flaws or inclusions. These castes of rubies were strict as no inferior stone was allowed to come in contact with a superior stone as it was believed to diminish the stone’s special properties.

Ancient Romans believed that rubies grew on trees, just like fruit. The rubies would begin to grow as white gems, and would slowly ripen, turning red. When the ruby was a vibrant pink or red color, it was ready to be harvested.


Ruby is considered the stone of love, passion, and power. Meant to bring the wearer intense emotions, it has been known to be a sign of good fortune, luck, and connection. It is also known as a courageous stone, and legend tells us that a person wearing a ruby can walk through life without fear of evil.

Though it is a passionate stone, rubies have been known to help with motivation, goal setting, and visualization. The power aspect of the stone promotes leadership, which is why it has been worn by leaders for centuries. Wearers are more aware of a sharp and concentrated outlook. Enthusam and passion for a partner has been noted to be heightened and it aids sexual exploration.

Special Properties

The ruby has always been linked with the sun as a rejuvenating tool used to preserve mental and physical states. When rubbed on the skin, the ruby can help with rejuvenation and youthful aspirations. They can energize the wearer with enthusiasm as the stone stimulates the heart chakra and encourages a passion for life. Also helpful against evil, the ruby was viewed as a prophetic stone. It would darken when evil was near and was also used to counteract poison.

Since the ruby signifies a passionate love it is popular among gifts for lovers. It is an ideal choice for an engagement ring, signifying deep emotions and commitment. Often given on Valentine’s Day, the ruby is a favorite for those special somebodies. 

The uplifting and vital nature of a ruby is an encouragement to live fully, and embrace the joy of life. This stone is a powerful one to behold, but it is well worth it!

Final Thoughts

Ruby is an incredibly deep gemstone that attributes energy, passion, and love to the wearer. This birthstone is at its highest peak of power during the month of July. Its value carries great weight in ethical mining and uniqueness as well.

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