The July Birthstone: Ruby

The name ruby is derived from the Latin word “ruber” which means red. The ruby is ranked a 9 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale and comes from the mineral corundum. Ruby is red corundum, any other color corundum is considered to be a sapphire. Rubies range in color from orangey-red, purplish-red, pink to red but the most prized rubies are the true red ones.

It is believed that the ruby can bring happiness to a relationship, expand friendships, protect the wearer from bad or negative influences and prevent a heavy rain storm. it is also believed to strengthen the body’s immune system against infectious diseases, fortifies the heart and circulation and combats low blood pressure.

The ruby symbolizes everlasting love and passion. It is thought to encourage sensitivity in a relationship. The ruby is wedding anniversary stone for the 40th year of marriage.

It is important to have your ruby jewelry cleaned and inspected at least every six months. As with all gemstones, care should be taken to avoid scratches, sharp blows, and extreme temperature changes.