July birthstone ruby has been treasured for centuries, not only for its striking beauty, but also because it is believed to attract passion, protection and prosperity.
Ruby formation and history
Throughout history the ruby has been considered the most magnificent of all gems. It has been mentioned in the bible, used by ancient warriors in battle and worn by royalty. The name ruby is derived from the Latin word for red, “ruber”, and its Sanskrit name ‘ratnaraj' translates to 'king of the gemstones'.
Formed beneath the earth’s crust under extreme heat and pressure, the main sources of ruby include India, Madagascar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Kenya and Mexico.
Ruby meanings, properties and energies
Energising ruby is believed to impart courage, vigour and a passion for life. It stimulates the heart chakra and encourages you to “follow your bliss”.
Known as the stone of nobility, it is also thought to to offer protection from negative energy, while attracting prosperity and abundance.
As the traditional birthstone for July, ruby jewellery makes a fitting birthday gift this month. Its red hue also means that it is a popular stone for loved ones celebrating occasions such as anniversaries and Valentine’s day, as pink and red crystals are typically associated with love and passion.
Caring for your ruby crystals
Rubies and ruby jewellery can be cleaned with mild soap and warm water. Scrub gently with a soft toothbrush, rinse in clean warm water and dry with a lint-free cloth for best results. Always store your jewellery separately in the box that it came in to keep it safe and sparkling like new.
Do you have any rubies in your crystal collection? Let us know in the comments, and while you’re at it explore our range of handmade crystal jewellery designs available in ruby (perfect for July birthdays) and many other genuine gemstones!