July Birthstone: The Allure, Mystique & Glamour of the Ruby
Piedra natal de julio: historia, significados y usos
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Those born in July are graced with the radiant ruby as their July birthstone. Rubies are bold red, durable gemstones that match July’s associations with light, fun, and contentment.

July was named in 44 BC after someone born in July: Julius Caesar. Previously, ancient Romans called the month Quintilis, meaning “fifth,” when March started the year.

Ancients believed July was overseen by the king of gods and sky god, Jupiter (Zeus in Greek myths). The sun god Apollo was also a prominent feature of July events.

Besides the sun, another star associated with July is Sirius, the brightest star. Also called the “Dog Star,” Sirius’s rise and fall over the horizon in July and August has been nicknamed the “dog days of summer.”

Now that you know what your birth month is all about, it’s time to learn about your birthstone. Today, we’ll go over all of the July birthstone’s history, meanings, powers, and value factors, along with some alternative stones to choose from.

ruby july birthstone

Historical & Cultural Significance of July Birthstone: Ruby

The radiant red ruby is the traditional July birthstone. This precious gemstone is also the traditional 15th, 40th, and 80th wedding anniversary stone.

The name “ruby” comes from the Latin rubeus, meaning “red,” for pretty obvious reasons.

The July birthstone ruby’s history stretches way back, with lore dating back to ancient times.

Ruby’s Prominence in Ancient Civilizations

The oldest known ruby is a 2.5 billion-year-old specimen from Greenland discovered in 2021. But much of ruby’s early history lies in south and southeast Asia, specifically Burma (now Myanmar) and India.

Rubies were likely mined in Myanmar since 2500 BC, as they’ve been found in the Mogok Valley with Stone Age tools. Records of rubies in Myanmar date back to the 6th century AD, and Mogok was the top source of high-quality rubies for around 800 years!

Ancient Burmese practices included warriors putting rubies into their skin for invincibility during battle and the king claiming the biggest rubies as his own.

The July birthstone also has history in India and Hinduism.

The Sanskrit word for ruby was Ratnaraj, meaning “king of precious stones.” Vedic astrologers believed rubies exemplified sun god Surya. Ancient Hindus offered rubies to supreme god Krishna in hopes of being reborn as emperors or kings.

Early gemology came from India, where Hindus separated rubies into 4 castes, the best being called “Brahmin.”

Of course, beliefs about rubies weren’t limited to India and Burma.

Ancient Greeks believed rubies could melt wax. An Islamic legend claims rubies were created by the first man, Adam, after being exiled from the Garden of Eden.

famous black prince's ruby on imperial state crown of united kingdomPictured above: Imperial State Crown of the United Kingdom featuring "Black Prince's Ruby" centerstone | Image credit: Cyril James Humphries Davenport circa 1919, Public domain

Rubies in Royal & Noble Traditions

The July birthstone was popular among southeast Asian royalty, and this fame only increased with ruby’s introduction to medieval Europe.

While trying to secure rubies for King Louis XIV, French gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier wrote about rubies being the most valuable gems traded among royal Indian courts.

Renaissance-era royalty had many unique rubies, from King Henry VIII’s famous ruby and pearl necklace portrait to Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II’s hen’s egg-sized ruby used for healing.

Examples of Famous Rubies

Some other examples of the July birthstone worn by royals, nobles, or celebrities:

  • Rubies of Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria: 1) Set with diamond bow - Given by her father Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen, to commemorate the birth of Maria’s son; Sold in 2018 for over $372,000 2) Engagement ring with diamonds

  • Sutherland Ruby, Diamond, and Pearl Necklace: Made for the marriage of Marquess of Stafford, son of Elizabeth Gordon (Countess of Sutherland); Created in 1849 using gray pearls secretly given to Elizabeth for safekeeping by Marie Antoinette before Antoinette’s death

  • Meniere Ruby and Diamond Brooch: Originally part of ruby and diamond set commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1810 for French Crown Jewels to be worn by Empress Marie-Louise of Austria; Remounted in 1816 for Marie-Thérèse Charlotte, Royal Duchess of Angoulême; Set sold at Louvre auction in 1887 and earrings later converted into brooch auctioned by Christie’s in 2021

  • Elizabeth Taylor’s Ruby Suite: Set of untreated ruby and diamond jewelry by Cartier; Gifted to Elizabeth Taylor by husband Mike Todd in 1957; Sold at auction by Christie’s in 2011

Historically, ruby was often mistaken for other red gemstones, particularly spinel.

Two notable examples are the “Black Prince’s Ruby,” (pictured above) a 170-carat red spinel cabochon dated back to the mid-1300s and the “Timur Ruby,” a 352-carat polished red spinel believed to be ruby until 1851.

One major difference between ruby and spinel is their mineralogy.

Geological Marvel: The Formation of Rubies

Ruby minerals are varieties of corundum, specifically red corundum. All other colors fall under sapphire. As a corundum variety, ruby is the second hardest gemstone after diamond, ranking at 9 on the Mohs scale.

Corundum forms inside igneous rocks that are aluminum-rich but silicon-free. Alternatively, they can form when aluminum-rich waters run through ancient sea beds, altering minerals present into corundum.

The minerals are composed of aluminum oxide, with various impurities imparting different colors like ruby’s signature red hues.

p3wgfqgcx5dju30j.jpg?auto_optimize=mediumPictured above: Star ruby

Radiant Red: Unveiling the Allure of Ruby's Color

Pure corundum is colorless, so rubies are red because of impurities.

Traces of chromium replace some of the aluminum, resulting in ruby’s radiant red hues. More chromium means stronger, brighter reds and stronger fluorescence. Ferric iron impurities cause pink or orange undertones.

Ruby birthstones range from pinkish-red to dark red, with potential secondary purple, pink, or orange tones. Some gemologists debate whether pink corundum is ruby or pink sapphire, though.

The July birthstone’s color, source, and formation leads to different varieties:

  • Pigeon Blood Ruby: Medium-strong to strongly saturated, high-intensity, pure red color with medium to strong fluorescence; Epitome of top-quality Burmese or “Mogok” rubies

  • Star Ruby: Displays a multi-rayed star of reflected light on its surface via asterism

  • Mozambique Ruby: Make up most of the 2+ carat rubies in jewelry; Usually deep purplish-red to dark red, sometimes close to pigeon blood ruby standards

  • Thai Ruby: Mined in Thailand, another top ruby source; Rich, uniform, deep red coloring and high clarity unless halo or discoid fractures are present

  • Geneva Ruby: Oldest synthetic gemstone and synthetic ruby, created around 1885

  • Verneuil Ruby: Synthetic ruby created through the “Verneuil process” or flame-fusion method

  • Flux-Grown Ruby: Synthetic ruby created by dissolving aluminum oxide in a melted flux, followed by ruby crystallization

Color is just one factor of this July birthstone’s value.

rzvnfu5wdqhuunz1.jpg?auto_optimize=mediumPictured above: Faceted Mozambique ruby with pear shape

The 4 Cs: Assessing Ruby Quality

Rubies are graded on the 4 Cs: color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. Color has the most influence, followed by clarity, cut, and carat weight.


The most valuable ruby color is “pigeon blood,” a bright, blood-red with no undertones.

The presence of secondary tones, like orange or purple, should be minimal. Brighter, more saturated red hues are best.


Rubies have Type II clarity, meaning most have visible inclusions but high-quality specimens won’t have inclusions visible to the naked eye.

The most common inclusions in rubies are “silk,” which are thin, needle-like rutile crystals. Fractures or cavities are also common, which may lower ruby’s durability.


Many top-quality rubies are faceted. The best faceted cuts maximize color, weight, and brilliance. Many rubies are faceted into round, cushion, or pear shapes.

Rubies with more fractures are often cut into cabochons or carved. Star rubies must also be cut into cabochons.

Carat Weight

Because rubies often form as short, tabular crystals, high-quality ruby specimens over 1 carat are uncommon. As size goes up, quality usually decreases, making large, high-quality rubies rare.


Certain ruby treatments are expected, while others will lower the July birthstone’s value. Heat treatments, which improve color and clarity, are incredibly common.

Another treatment is fracture-filling, often done with lead glass to improve a ruby’s transparency and sometimes enhance its color.

Controversial beryllium diffusion treatments, definitely lower value.

Shifting gears, what does the July birthstone mean spiritually?

dark red ruby carving of two turtles

July Birthstone Symbolism and Spiritual Connections

Over the years, rubies have gained quite the spiritual reputation. Some metaphysical nicknames for rubies are:

  • Stone of Love

  • Stone of Prophecy

  • Stone of Protection

  • Stone of Passion

  • Stone of Manifestation

Arguably the most prominent July birthstone meaning relates to blood.

Ancient societies believed rubies granted courage and invincibility. Others used ruby healing stones for treating blood loss, circulation, and inflammation.

Another belief was that rubies offered protection, worn on the left side to ward off danger. Some extended the birthstone’s protective abilities to preventing relationship troubles, exemplified in this poem published by Tiffany & Co in 1870:

The gleaming Ruby should adorn,

All those who in July are born,

For thus they’ll be exempt and free,

From lover’s doubts and anxiety.

In Eastern traditions, rubies sometimes represented the “third eye” on Budda statues, symbolizing enlightenment. Unsurprisingly, rubies are also third eye chakra stones.

red ruby ring with white diamondsPictured above: Faceted red ruby ring with white accent diamonds

Ethical Mining and Sustainability

Many conscious consumers familiar with conflict diamonds may wonder about the ethics of ruby mining.

Unlike diamonds, rubies don’t have ethics certifications like the Kimberley Process. Sellers must be transparent about where and who they get their rubies from.

For most conscientious jewelers, that means sourcing non-Burmese rubies.

Why? Myanmar’s ruby industry has been shown to be corrupt, funding military coups and oppressive regimes. Reports from Mozambique also suggest human rights violations for ruby miners.

Instead, many jewelers opt for rubies from smaller, independently owned and vetted mines in places like Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Greenland.

Another more ethical and sustainable option is synthetic ruby, which has all the same chemical and physical properties as natural rubies but created in a lab. Synthetic rubies are just as beautiful at a fraction of the cost.

But what about non-ruby July birthstones?

faceted oregon sunstone earrings alternative july birthstonePictured above: Faceted Oregon sunstone earrings

Alternative July Birthstones

Are there 2 birthstones for July? Many would say yes! Another frequently listed birthstone for July is onyx, a chalcedony variety.

In fact, onyx and its fellow chalcedony variety carnelian were the original July birthstones inspired by Biblical gemstone lists. The birthstone list created by the National Association of Goldsmiths in 1937 listed carnelian and onyx as alternative July birthstones.

In Hindu traditions, the July birthstone is sapphire, which has all of ruby’s properties but a broader range of colors.

Astrologically, what crystal is for July Leos? Ruled by the sun, Leos born in July can certainly benefit from ruby, but another option is the sparkling sunstone, a lighter-colored feldspar variety with metallic glittering called aventurescence.

What about July gemstones for Cancers? Cancers born in July can benefit from the alternative July birthstone onyx. Onyx gems are spiritually connected to harmonious partnerships and can help Cancers strengthen both their willpower and valued relationships.

If you’re simply looking for a similar-looking ruby substitute, some options are:

Once you’ve chosen the stone, it’s time to decide on what to do with it!

deep red ruby july birthstone ring with diamondsPictured above: Faceted ruby gold ring with white diamonds

Personalized July Birthstone Gifts & Celebrations

Choosing a July birthstone gift is a meaningful way to celebrate and show your loved one what they mean to you.

It’s even more meaningful if the gift is personalized. Here are some July birthstone jewelry and other gift ideas:

  • July birthstone necklace with a monogram pendant of their initial

  • Bracelet featuring July birthstones with your own birthstone

  • Tungsten ring with embedded birthstone

  • Stackable ring with birthstones embedded

  • Ruby stud earrings faceted into their favorite shape

It doesn’t even have to be jewelry! You can get some carved or raw home decor created with ruby or another July birthstone, a themed birthstone candle, a watercolor painting of their favorite July birthstone, or even a birthstone keychain.

What matters is that it comes from the heart and celebrates your July-born loved one!


Explore the Magical World of July Birthstones!

Rubies are legendary, timeless gems that reflect the warmth and excitement of summer. Those born in July can commemorate the occasion with these gorgeous birthstones or another alternative birthstone. What matters is that your July birthstone represents you!

Find traditional and alternative July birthstones from our hundreds of gemstones available!

Piedra natal de julio - Rubí ¿Quién no ama julio? El solsticio de verano comienza en la época más soleada del año y todos podemos deleitarnos con la luz del sol y el espíritu despreocupado del verano. ¿Usted o un ser querido celebran su cumpleaños en julio? Si es así, se beneficiará de aprender todo sobre la piedra de nacimiento de julio, el siempre fascinante rubí.

¿Qué tienen estas llamativas joyas rojas que cautivan a las masas? Desde la antigüedad hasta la actualidad, las culturas de todo el mundo han atesorado estas piedras preciosas rojas .

Hay muchas características de la piedra natal de julio que la hacen absolutamente tentadora. En este artículo, analizamos cada detalle de la piedra de nacimiento rubí , sus poderes curativos y sus propiedades únicas.

¿Listo para dejar que la intensidad de esta piedra preciosa roja encienda el fuego interior? Aquí está todo lo que necesita saber sobre la piedra de nacimiento de julio.

¿De dónde vienen las piedras natales de julio?

Los rubíes se identifican al instante por su color rojo intenso. Quizás te preguntes, ¿el rubí es un nombre espiritual? ¡Vamos a averiguar!

El nombre rubí proviene de la palabra latina ruber , que significa "rojo".

La historia de los rubíes se remonta tanto que rastrear sus orígenes es una misión compleja. Sabemos que los registros indican su uso inicial en el comercio a lo largo de la ruta de la seda de China en el año 200 a. C. Además, ¡la Biblia de St. James menciona los rubíes seis veces!

Sin embargo, muchos creen que los primeros rubíes desenterrados vinieron de Asia. A principios del siglo XX, aparecieron rubíes de alta calidad en Tailandia y Camboya. Más tarde, se encontraron más en Vietnam. Sin embargo, Birmania (ahora Myanmar) siempre ha sido líder en la producción de la mayor cantidad y calidad de rubíes.

La gente desea los rubíes birmanos por una razón principal: su color. A menudo denominados "sangre de paloma", estos rubíes de color rojo oscuro son algunas de las piedras más valiosas del mundo. En 2016, un anillo de rubí birmano de 10,05 quilates llamado "Ratnaraj", o "rey de las piedras preciosas" en sánscrito, batió récords en la casa de subastas Christie's cuando se vendió por 10,2 millones de dólares.

piedra preciosa de rubí rojo de mozambique

¿Cuál es el significado espiritual de la piedra natal de julio?

No debería sorprender que los rubíes sean poderosas piedras del corazón que son perfectas para abrir y activar el chakra del corazón. Usar una piedra de nacimiento de julio puede protegerlo del dolor de la angustia.

La conexión de Ruby con el corazón es la razón por la que se usan para promover la devoción y la fidelidad en las relaciones románticas. Cuando el rey Eduardo VIII abdicó del trono para casarse con su amante, Wallis Simpson, le regaló un collar de rubíes con las palabras "Mi Wallis".

Incluso si no tienes una relación sentimental, los rubíes pueden ayudarte a mantener tu corazón abierto. Todos pasamos por momentos difíciles en la vida, y si te sientes emocionalmente congestionado, trata de usar una joya de rubí por uno o dos días. La piedra te ayudará a liberar la huella espiritual de traumas emocionales o abusos físicos pasados para encontrar una sanación profunda.

¿Se ha ido el viento de tus velas?

Los rubíes tienen el poder de aumentar tu pasión por la vida. Se pueden usar como una herramienta de motivación para mantenerse enfocado y completar tareas. ¿Estás en un ataque de procrastinación? Los rubíes te darán la motivación para finalmente comenzar una tarea que has descuidado. ¡A todos nos vendría bien un poco de ayuda de los rubíes en este departamento!

talla de piedra preciosa rubí de tortuga doble feng shui

¿Qué simboliza la piedra natal de julio?

Mucha gente cree que las propiedades místicas del rubí se extienden a la protección física y usan las gemas como talismanes. Llevar una piedra de nacimiento de julio en el lado izquierdo, cerca del corazón, invita a una vida pacífica. Con esta ubicación de elección, la persona y sus posesiones obtienen protección contra daños.

El color parecido a la sangre de los rubíes explica por qué esta piedra tiene fuertes asociaciones con el líquido que corre por nuestras venas.

Se cree que las personas que arriesgan su vida tienen una conexión única con las piedras. En "El mago de Oz", Glinda, la bruja buena, le da a Dorothy las zapatillas de rubí para protegerla en su viaje.

“No hay lugar como el hogar”, y los rubíes pueden guiarte cuando te sientas descarriado o perdido.

Los guerreros birmanos usaban rubíes para protegerse durante la batalla. Sin embargo, no era suficiente usarlos en sus zapatos o armaduras. Para beneficiarse plenamente de la protección de un rubí, un guerrero insertaría las piedras en su carne.

Los poderes de protección de Ruby también son la razón por la que son los favoritos entre la realeza. Los rubíes representan muchas características empíricas, incluido el coraje, el poder y la protección contra el daño.

¡Además de estas cualidades virtuosas, los rubíes pueden traer buena fortuna a sus portadores! En la cultura china, el rojo es el color oficial de la suerte.

La gente enterraba rubíes debajo de los cimientos de sus negocios para asegurarse la buena fortuna. Los nobles chinos también adornaban sus armaduras con rubíes.

corazón de piedras preciosas de rubí rojo-rosa

¿Cuáles son las propiedades curativas de la piedra natal de julio?

Debido a que los rubíes parecen contener una llama interior, a menudo se los asocia con el fuego y la pureza. La gente decía que si querías hervir agua para purificarla, primero debías echar un rubí en la olla.

Estas habilidades purificadoras son la razón por la cual las personas usan rubíes para tratar fiebres e infecciones. Los curanderos emplean rubíes para desintoxicar la sangre y los ganglios linfáticos del cuerpo. Los rubíes incluso pueden promover el flujo de sangre a quienes sufren de mala circulación.

Los rubíes son una excelente piedra curativa para las mujeres debido a su capacidad para regular el flujo menstrual y aliviar el dolor de los calambres. Se dice que esta piedra es beneficiosa para los órganos reproductivos al tratar problemas sexuales como la infertilidad y la impotencia. Además, ayudan a las mujeres menopáusicas aliviando los síntomas incómodos.

Muchas personas consideran que los rubíes son una de las mejores piedras preciosas para curar problemas de sangre, corazón, coronarias o ventriculares. Debido a esto, si tiene una enfermedad cardíaca o un trastorno de la sangre, merece regalarse una joya de rubí.

anillo de piedras preciosas de rubí estrella con diamantes de acento

¡Deja que la piedra natal de julio encienda la llama interior!

No se puede negar la tentadora pasión que encienden los rubíes. El color exuberante y las poderosas propiedades de la piedra magnetizan a las personas, y con razón. Todos tenemos pasiones, y los rubíes hacen eco de nuestros deseos internos, amplificándolos en forma tangible.

Si el color en sí no es lo suficientemente atractivo, ¡hacen hermosas joyas con piedras de nacimiento de julio!

¿Eres un Julio Cáncer o Leo? ¡Disfrute de la irresistible belleza de las piedras preciosas de rubí!

¿Quieres comprar un rubí ? ¡Revisa el enlace a continuación!


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