Did you know that every month has an associated birthstone? That’s right! Each month is associated with a specific precious stone or gem that has its own unique properties and speaks the truth about the individuals born in that month.
For instance, the precious gem associated with April is emerald or diamond, Spinel relates to August, the birthstone connected to September is sapphire, December is tied to the stone onyx, and the July birthstone is ruby. There are many more precious gemstones associated with different months. Today, we’ll be discussing ruby, it’s stunning red color, vibrant ancient Hindu roots and why it makes such lovely jewelry
There’s a lot of history behind birthstones and ruby in particular. It's one of the most well-recognized gems. Ancient Hindu culture held Ruby in high regard. In fact, many ancient cultures believed in the divine properties of the gemstone ruby. Let’s dive in and take a look at what it means to be a July baby and how this red gem relates to your psyche and your deepest self.
This gemstone has a score of 9.0 on the Moh’s Scale of hardness. That means that it’s one of the hardest substances on earth. It can only be scratched by substances harder than a 9.0. The next level on the scale is the diamond, which is the hardest substance on earth.
The July birthstone color is red, which adds a beautiful vivacious touch to anything a jeweler could create. While ruby can come in various different shades of red and contain streaks, it’s deep red color is characteristic of the stone and helps it stand out in any crowd. A pair of ruby earrings or any jewelry crafted from a ruby offers a special quality that can’t be replicated.
Ruby is born out of mineral corundum, which is the crystalline structure that creates the beautiful red rubies we know and love today. Corundum can also produce sapphire and pink sapphire. Different gemstones can be produced depending on environmental factors. Just like humans, we all come from the same stuff, but throughout life, we become different. The same is true for ruby, sapphire, and many other precious gemstones.
A natural ruby is typically found among the mines located in Thailand, Nepal, Taiwan, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, but there are also several ruby mines located around the United States.