July Birthstone - Ruby
The most recently found ruby deposit is in Myanmar. Rubies have historically been mined in Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, India, Afghanistan, Australia, Namibia, Colombia, Japan, Scotland, Brazil and in Pakistan.
- The word ruby comes from the Latin "rubens" which means red.
- Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. They are as resilient as sapphires and only slightly softer than diamonds.
- Almost all rubies have flaws. Rubies without imperfections are exceptionally rare and have prices even higher than diamonds of a similar weight and quality.
The July birthstone, ruby, was regarded by ancient Hindus as the “king of gems.” It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. Today, the ruby’s deep-red color signifies love and passion. Rubies are second only two diamonds in terms of their natural hardness and strength.
They are said to signify a variety of very positive traits include wealth, wisdom, health, and success in love. Rubies are most valuable when they are a medium to medium-dark, vivid red or slightly purplish red. If they contain too much purple or orange they will often be dubbed “fancy-color sapphires” instead.
Famous Women with July Birthdays
July 2 - Margot Robbie - Australian actress.
July 5 - Eva Green - French actress and model.
July 10 - Sofia Vergara - Colombian-American actress and model.
July 14 - Jane Lynch - American actress, singer, and comedian.
July 22 - Selena Gomez - American actress and singer.