Ruby – July’s Birthstone

Celebrate July birthdays with the lovely red ruby. Here’s a small history on this stone that has been at the center of many rituals and superstitions. You might even find a new reason to use this cool gem.

Ruby is one of the hardest natural gemstones. It belongs to the class of minerals called Corundum – second only to diamond in its hardness. When it is any color other than red, it is called sapphire. Unlike diamond, which is made of carbon, ruby is a combination of aluminum and oxygen.

Ruby was once known as “the king of gems,” a gem that held the fire of the Sun. Ancient cultures ground rubies to a fine powder and placed it on their tongues, believed to cure blood diseases, stop bleeding, ensure good health and treat indigestion.

Throughout history rubies have represented integrity, devotion, happiness, healing, courage, romance, generosity, inspiration, and prosperity. According to legend, warriors implanted rubies under their skin to bring valor in battle. It was even worn to protect against danger and disaster.

It has been said that the Ruby’s red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, possibly the reason why it is a great symbol of everlasting love. It sure seems like ruby is here to stay and will continue to be a popular gem for years to come! Check out our collection of ruby crystals in the Swarovski shade Siam.

-Marissa

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