For those who were born in the month of July the
Ruby is the traditional birthstone. The July birthstone poem reflects some of
the properties with which the Ruby is associated - devotion, integrity, courage
and happiness. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the July Birthstone
Ruby are vitality, confidence and strength. The healing properties of the July
birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the blood
and infection and increasing positive thought patterns. The Ruby is also used to
enhance energy, generosity and to bring prosperity and success.
"The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
those who in July are born,
For thus they'll
be exempt and free,
doubts and anxiety."
The word Ruby comes from the Latin "ruber,"
meaning red. It is a variety of the mineral Corundum, and is found as crystals
within metamorphic rock. Corundum is the second hardest mineral, after Diamond.
It comes in a variety of colors, and is considered a Sapphire in any color
except red, which is designated as a Ruby. Rubies range in hue from an orangey
red to a purplish red, but the most prized gems are a true red in color. Large
sized Rubies are very rare and valuable.
It has been said that the Ruby's red glow comes
from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making a gift of this stone
symbolic of everlasting love. With its hardness and durability, it is a perfect
engagement gem. And if worn on the left hand, ancient lore has it that the Ruby
will bring good fortune to its wearer, too!