July Birthstone: Ruby

July babies – this month is your month!

All About Rubies

Did you know that the only difference between a ruby and a sapphire is the color?? Rubys are deep red, while sapphires are all other colors of the spectrum. Deep red rubies are extremely rare – and some cultures even consider them to be more valuable than diamonds. Fun fact: rubies that are too light or contain too much orange or purple tones  are  considered fancy colored saphires.

Rubies and sapphires are considered part of the mineral group, Corundum, and they are the second hardest gemstones behind the diamond on the Mohs Scale. Because of their durability, rubies are commonly used in engagement rings, and are great for every day wear.

Metaphysical Properties and Meanings

Rubies are historically the stone of nobility, and some cultures consider them a talisman for passion, protection and prosperity.

Ruby is said to stimulate the base chakra and promote a clear mind, increase concentration and effect the wearer in positive and powerful ways. It is said to be an aphrodisiac and stimulate passion and romance.

Beauty in the Imperfections

All rubies have natural color impurities and inclusions of rutile needles known as “silk”. The imperfections help us distinguish between lab created and natural rubies. Sometimes the inclusions actually make the ruby more valuable!

Stay tuned for next month’s feature on Peridot and Sardonyx.

Crystal Vaults , American Gem Society, minerals.net

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