July - Ruby
Ruby, ruby, ruby! If you were a July baby, then we’re sure you’ll be singing with joy to learn your birthstone is the precious, protective and passionate ruby.
The name ruby comes from the Latin, ‘rubeus’, meaning – you guessed it already - red or reddish.
Prized throughout the centuries, particularly in the Far East, ruby is a red variety of the mineral corundum, with the element chromium responsible for its amazing colouring and natural fluorescence.
Like its close relative, sapphire – the blue version of corundum – ruby is incredible durable and second only to diamond in terms of hardness.
None of that sounds very romantic, but all that natural science has created something astonishingly beautiful and enduring – just like you.