The Birthstone for July is the elegant Ruby. A beautiful red gemstone symbolic of passion and energy. It is said to bring success, wealth and bestow good fortune on the wearer.
Harriet Bishop’s poem…
“The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lovers doubt and anxiety.”
What is Ruby?
Made from a variety of corundum minerals which also includes sapphire.
In its purest form, the mineral corundum is colourless. Trace elements that become part of the mineral’s crystal structure cause variations in its colour. Chromium is the trace element that causes ruby’s red, ranging from an orangey-red to a purplish red.
The strength of ruby’s red depends on how much chromium is present—the more chromium, the stronger the red colour. Chromium can also cause fluorescence, which adds to the intensity of the red colour.
Pigeon’s Blood for Ruby Red
Because Ruby colours vary, certain general expressions describe the more desirable colours for this exceptional gemstone. “Pigeon Blood,” is one such term used to describe a particularly intense ruby red colour.
Besides a refined collection of ruby and diamond designs, we can customise most of our jewellery designs to include Rubies. Our bespoke service includes a full and detailed no-obligation quotation based on your preferred design, set with any gemstone combination.
History and origin
Rubies date back to the first century AD and are also mentioned in the Bible 4 times. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, ruby is called ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones.” Due to some rubies being deep red, believed to symbolise blood and be the symbol of life itself.
“Ruby encourages passion and a zest for life. It improves motivation and the setting of realistic goals. It balances the heart and instils confidence. Said to encourage joy, spontaneity, laughter and courage. It promotes positive dreams and stimulates the pineal gland. Aids in retaining wealth and passion.”
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Harry Winston created genuine ruby slippers set with 4,600 stones. – Courtesy Harry Winston
A range of Ruby gifts is available from both our website and the Ryde showroom.
July Birthstone Necklace
This delicate and striking Ruby necklace is available in 9ct yellow gold. Hanging from a delicate 16″ gold chain featuring a 4mm stone with a six claw setting. Available for immediate dispatch or collection from our Ryde Showroom.
July Birthstone Earrings
These ruby and diamond stud earrings contrast beautifully with 9ct yellow gold and white diamonds. Secured to the ear with a post and secure butterfly backs.
Ruby Halo Necklace
Centrally set with an oval measuring 5mm x 4mm, encircled with a halo of 8 – cut diamonds. Crafted in 9ct White Gold. Making the perfect gift for either a July birthday or 40th wedding anniversary.
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We would be more than happy to quote you on most of our rings if you wished to add some Ruby glamour to one of our designs! Contact us today with any ideas you have.