Discover Ruby - The July Birthstone
The rarest form of the mineral corundum and the king of precious stones, ruby is the July birthstone. Best known for its vivid red colour, its eye-catching hues range from blood red to deep pink. Take a closer look at ruby in sunlight and you will see that this sensational stone gives off an intense red glow that is desired all around the globe.
One of the most important gems in the coloured stone market, rubies are also one of the four precious stones – the other three being diamond, sapphire and emerald. The hardness of a ruby is second only to diamonds, with a score of 9 on the mohs scale. Its durability means that they are suitable for faceting in any cut, however, oval and cushion cuts are the most popular choice amongst wearers.
Symbolic of love and affection, rubies have traditionally been given as a gift for people born in July and also for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. An eye-catching alternative to diamond, this gemstone has also become a popular choice of engagement ring.
In the spiritual world, it is said that those who wear ruby are blessed with health, wealth, wisdom and love. A healing stone, many further believe that ruby helps to balance energy and improve concentration, creativity and compassion. In earlier traditions, it is thought that wearing ruby made a king invincible and helped to heal battle wounds. As a result, royalty would often be seen wearing crowns and other items laced with rubies in the hope of forever being healed.
How To Style Ruby - The July Birthstone
Whether you’re looking to wear ruby for sentimental reasons or spiritual reasons, there’s several things you’ll need to consider:
1. Choose an outfit with neutral tones – colours such as white, tan and gold will allow the vibrant red tones of ruby be the focal point of your ensemble.
2. Opt for simple jewellery styles for everyday wear – this allows for a splash of colour to enhance your look without looking too dressed up.
3. Select statement made styles for a standout evening look – whether you choose a larger stone or an item with added sparkle, bigger and bolder is always better when it comes to standing out in ruby.
4. Keep it coordinated – a stone this precious should be worn with other ruby jewellery for a clean coordinated look. Keep to the same style and create your own matching set for a personalised experience.
Ruby Birthstone Jewellery
The birthstone of July, ruby makes for an exceptional birthday gift. Shop some of the best-selling birthstone jewellery by Ruby & Oscar and give them a gift to last a lifetime.