Bold And Intense: The Fiery Ruby

It's passionate. It's deep. It's bold. It's the ruby.

With its captivating red color, the ruby birthstone really stands out. This prestigious gemstone is desirable because of its hardness, durability, luster and rarity. Not only that, the ruby gemstone is the birthstone of July, and makes a touching gift to celebrate both the fifteenth and fortieth wedding anniversaries.

A Well-Traveled Gemstone

The most renowned rubies hail from places including Myanmar, the Himalayas, and northern Vietnam. But you don’t have to travel to one of these faraway places to wear a ruby. At Zales, we’re bringing July’s birthstone right to you in the form of exceptional rings, fashion-forward earrings, timeless necklaces and more. You’ll find the ruby gemstone in a variety of impressive hues that range from bright red to dark reddish-brown. The most desirable ruby color is a radiant, rich and deep red with a hint of blue, called “pigeon’s blood.”

The ruby gemstone is actually a red sapphire, since ruby and sapphire are identical in all their fundamental properties except color. Ruby gets it red color from chromium. Now, I know what you’re thinking. If ruby and sapphire are the same, then why is the ruby it’s own gemstone? Well, the ruby birthstone is considered its own class because of its incredible appeal and impressive historical significance. Rubies are so valued in fact, that a large ruby can bring in higher prices than equally sized diamonds!

Their value has transferred all over the world, from Europe to India and more. The ruby name comes from the Latin word “ruber,” which means red. In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, ruby is called “ratnaraj” which means “king of precious stones.” They viewed the ruby as the most luxurious of all the stones, as did many other cultures. In the same region, ancient Hindus believed that by making an offering of a ruby to Krishna, they would be reborn as an emperor.

A Symbol Of Passion And Love

The ruby birthstone was mentioned four times in the Bible in connection to beauty and wisdom. Medieval Europeans believed that rubies brought good health, wisdom and a prosperous love life. You can harness the powers of ruby with stunning jewelry adorned with this precious gemstone.

According to legend, and still a thought today, the owner of a ruby is assured a life of peace, many riches and good health. The ruby gemstone has been, and continues to be, one of the most sought-after gemstones of royalty and the upper class. It’s associated with the most intense emotions – love, anger and passion. Some call it the stone of love, and its rich color connects it to power and desire. July’s birthstone is also said to provide energy, emotional strength, focus, positive attitude and self-independence.

Always A Stunning Choice

You can enjoy this gorgeous gemstone in stunning rings, necklaces, bracelets and more for a beautiful jewelry piece to add to your wardrobe. Whether your birthday is in July or you just love the color red or what the ruby represents, having a piece of ruby jewelry will bring you many beautiful attributes. Pair your ruby jewelry with simple clothing colors such as cream, white and black to really allow the rich, radiant red color to pop. The ruby birthstone is trendy, distinct and expressive.