The July birthstone, the Ruby, is among the most highly prized of gemstones.
Large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires.
As a result, rubies’ value increases with size more than any other gemstone.
One of the most precious gems in the world, rubies have been admired in both Western and Eastern cultures.
The Ancient Hindus referred to it as “Ratnaraj”, which translates to
“King of Precious Stones”, while in Ancient China the stone was dubbed as “a drop of blood from Mother Nature’s heart”.
Historical records indicate that rubies were traded around 200 B.C. throughout Chinas’ North Silk Road.
Ruby is believed to promote loving, nurturing, health, knowledge and wealth. It has been associated with improved energy and concentration, creativity, loyalty, honor and compassion.
Ruby is thought to be protective of home, possessions and family.
It’s often used as a symbol for those who have been married 40 years.