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Birthstone for July – Ruby

Posted on 30 June 2024

Ruby is a form of corundum and is a relation of sapphire, only red corundum can be called ruby; all other colours are called sapphire.  The presence of chromium causes the red colour, and the name ruby is derived from the Latin word ‘ruber’ meaning red.  Rubies and sapphires are two of the four most precious gemstones; the others are emerald and diamond.

Rubies are primarily determined by their red colour, stone graders look for a ‘blood red’ colour to help determine the value of the stone.  It is the saturation of the red colour that distinguishes between a pink sapphire and a ruby, although there is no set guideline for this distinction.

Ruby is the birthstone for July; its qualities include bringing prosperity and confidence to the wearer.  Ruby is thought to bring stamina, vitality and strength as well as helping to reduce negative thought patterns.

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