The ruby is a lustrous, deep red stone that has accrued special and symbolic meaning through time. Through the ages, the ruby has represented nobility, purity, and passion. From ancient times through the modern-day, rubies have been valued by cultures around the world.
The ruby is known as a protective stone that can bring happiness and passion into the life of the wearer. Apart from its red color, this is why the ruby makes a perfect gift for a loved one or on occasions such as Valentine’s Day or an anniversary. Because the ruby’s hue is close to the color of blood, which carries oxygen to all parts of the body, the gemstone also represents vitality and vigor; it is believed that the stone has the power to align and lend energy to the body. The ruby is also believed to protect the wearer from negative entities that leach positive energy, promoting spiritual vitality and wellness overall.
The ruby has long been representative of romantic love. It is said to inspire devotion and faithfulness within a romantic relationship. In fact French jewelers in the 1800s referred to the ruby as the “dearly loved stone.” The fiery red color and sparkle can inspire sensuality in the wearer.
Romantic connotations aside, the ruby is a beautiful, versatile stone for anyone to wear. It is said to promote self-care in the wearer and inspire confidence to tackle all aspects of life. The ruby is often said to decrease anxiety and self-doubt. The ruby is a gemstone that encourages the wearer to live fully and embrace whatever happens. It allows the wearer to see their strength and potential from the perspective of their own heart. The ruby is often given as a gift for 15th or 40th wedding anniversaries.
July Birthstone Jewelry
Ruby jewelry isn’t just July birthstone jewelry, but some people love adorning themselves according to their birthstones. Birthstones were originally based upon religious and spiritual significances, such as Aaron’s breastplate in the Bible. This significance changed in the Western world as information became confused, so in 1912, birthstones were standardized, giving us the list we know today. You probably know yours. Ruby birthstones used to be associated with December, but got bumped up to July.
Ruby Birthstone Symbolism
Ruby birthstones symbolize passion, power, courage and love. Some believe they ward off evil, and rubies are nicknamed “king of gems” because of their royal red color and because they were used in crowns. Many used to believe that rubies gifted their wearer with confidence, success and love.
July Birthstone Jewelry
Rubies make beautiful jewelry, whether you are a July birthday with a bling aesthetic, or are simply attracted to their luminous beauty. Qualities which make a ruby gemstone valuable include their color, cut, clarity and carat, but rubies are also favored because they are one of the hardest gems — there are only two natural gems harder, including diamonds. Rubies vary in color, ranging from pinks to reds nearly as dark as garnets. In the past century or so, United States jewelers and mining companies have begun to distinguish between rubies and pink sapphires — pink sapphires are lightly colored rubies, and it can be hard to draw the line. Ruby birthstone jewelry makes a great gift for a July birthday. Rubies are often set in white gold or silver, as many prefer the silver color next to the red. Diamonds and rubies are frequently paired for an elegant, romantic look. Due to their red and pink hues, rubies are popular in Valentine’s day jewelry. Popular ruby jewelry includes rings, necklaces and earrings. Oval cuts and Cushion cuts are the most common, though you will also see Emerald cuts and Brilliant cuts, and even mixed cuts.
Ruby Jewelry Trends
Recent trends have given rise to jewelry featuring smaller gems and more delicate metal-work, especially in rings, and earrings.With the resurgence in vintage fashion, antique and retro-style jewelry pieces are popular. Rubies offer timeless class, romantic elegance, and resplendent color. Whatever your personal style is, there is a ruby piece out there for you.