Birthstone for July: Ruby

Birthstone for July: Ruby

Rubies, the birthstone for July, are renowned for their vibrant red color and symbolize passion, protection, and prosperity. These gemstones have been treasured for centuries and are often associated with love and energy. Rubies have a rich history, often referred to as the “king of gemstones.”

Ancient cultures believed that rubies held the power of life due to their intense red color, reminiscent of blood. In addition to their striking appearance, rubies have been associated with various symbolic meanings, including passion, protection, and prosperity. They are believed to bring good fortune to those who wear them and protect against misfortune and illness.


Rubies are a variety of the mineral corundum and are known for their hardness, second only to diamonds. The most prized rubies exhibit a deep, vivid red color, often referred to as “pigeon blood” red. When selecting a ruby, consider the Four Cs—color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. High-quality rubies will have a rich, saturated color, minimal inclusions, and a well-executed cut that enhances the stone’s natural brilliance.

Rubies are incredibly versatile and can be set in various types of jewelry, from rings and necklaces to bracelets and earrings. Their durability makes them suitable for everyday wear, while their stunning color ensures they stand out as statement pieces. Whether you prefer a classic ruby ring or a modern pendant, ruby jewelry adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit.

Caring for ruby jewelry is relatively simple due to the gemstone’s hardness. To keep your rubies looking their best, clean them regularly with mild soapy water and a soft brush. Avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures, and store them separately from other jewelry to prevent scratching. Rubies are more than just a beautiful gemstone; they are a symbol of enduring love and strength.

At Johnston Jewelers, we offer a stunning collection of ruby jewelry perfect for celebrating July birthdays or adding a touch of elegance to any occasion. With over 50 years of experience, our expert team can help you find the perfect ruby piece to treasure for a lifetime. Visit us to explore our exquisite ruby collection and discover the timeless allure of this magnificent gemstone.

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