July's Birthstone: The Raspberry Ruby Collection

July's Birthstone: The Raspberry Ruby Collection

What is July's birthstone?

For those of you who are lucky enough to be born in July, your birthstone is the enchanting raspberry ruby, the king of precious gemstones. The word “ruby” is derived from “rubeus,” which is the Latin word for “red.” The color of a ruby can vary from deep red to slightly purplish or pinkish tones. The colour of the stone is due to a variety of the mineral corundum, the more chromium, the stronger the red. The intensity and saturation of the red color determine the quality and value of the stone.

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History of Rubies

In ancient India, rubies were called the “king of precious stones” for its rarity, hardness, beauty and seemingly mystical powers. Long associated with the life force blood, ruby was a symbol of power and youthful energy in Indian jewellery. In past centuries, some believed this birthstone for July could predict misfortune or danger, and others claimed it would cure inflammatory diseases and soothe anger. Burmese warriors believed it made them invincible in battle. Medieval Europeans maintained that rubies bestowed health, wisdom, wealth and success in love.

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What do Rubies symbolise?

Rubies symbolise various meanings and attributes, and their symbolism has evolved over time and across different cultures. It's important to note that the symbolic meanings of gemstones can vary between cultures and individuals. The personal significance and interpretation of a ruby may differ based on personal beliefs and experiences. Some common symbolic associations with rubies are:

1/ Love and Passion: Its deep red color is believed to ignite feelings of love and desire. It is considered a stone of intense emotions and can symbolise fiery passion and devotion.

2/ Vitality and Energy: They are believed to stimulate motivation, courage, and enthusiasm. The vibrant red color of rubies is often associated with life force and vitality.

3/ Protection and Courage: Throughout history, rubies have been believed to ward off negative energies, provide courage, and offer protection against harm. Rubies are thought to bring strength and confidence to the wearer.

4/ Wealth and Prosperity: They are believed to attract good fortune and success. Rubies have been associated with royalty and the elite due to their rarity and beauty.

5/ Passionate Relationships: They are sometimes seen as a symbol of commitment, loyalty, and deep affection. Rubies can be used as engagement rings or anniversary gifts to symbolize enduring love.

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