july birtstone rubyHappy Birthday to all you July babies!
Your birthstone is the striking blood red ruby which represents heat, power and love.

The name Ruby comes from the Latin word ‘ruber’ which means red, it is a variety of the mineral corundum- the second hardest mineral after Diamond. Sapphires are also part of the corundum family.

Ancient Hindus called July’s birthstone the ‘Rajnapura’, or King of Gems. The Ruby was said to have magical powers and was worn by royalty as a ward against dark forces. It was thought to glow darker when danger was imminent, and then return to its original colour when the danger had passed.

Rubies have always been held in high esteem in Asian countries. They were used to ornament armor, scabbards, and harnesses of noblemen in India and China. Rubies were laid beneath the foundation of buildings to secure good fortune to the structure.

Incredibly enough before the stone was considered precious and held in such high esteem it was used as ammunition for blowpipes by ancient tribes! Ground to powder and placed on the tongue it supposedly was a cure for indigestion.

The Sunrise Ruby is the most expensive coloured gemstone other than a diamond; it’s a massive 25.59 carat and is considered amongst the rarest of all gemstones. The Ruby sold for a colossal  $30.42 million in 2015 at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva.

The Mognok Valley in Burma was for centuries the world’s main source of Ruby mining but in recent years few good rubies have been found there.

Happy Birthday to all you rare gems!