July Birthstone: The Allure, Mystique & Glamour of the Ruby
Pierre de naissance de juillet : histoire, significations et utilisations
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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!

Pierre de naissance de juillet - Rubis Qui n'aime pas juillet ? Le solstice d'été commence la période la plus ensoleillée de l'année et nous profitons tous du soleil et de l'esprit insouciant de l'été. Vous ou l'un de vos proches fêtez votre anniversaire en juillet ? Si tel est le cas, vous bénéficierez de tout savoir sur la pierre de naissance de juillet, le rubis toujours fascinant.

Qu'en est-il de ces joyaux rouges saisissants qui captivent les masses ? De l'Antiquité à nos jours, les cultures du monde entier ont chéri ces pierres précieuses rouges .

La pierre de naissance de juillet présente de nombreuses caractéristiques qui la rendent tout à fait attrayante. Dans cet article, nous examinons chaque détail de la pierre de naissance rubis , ses pouvoirs de guérison et ses propriétés uniques.

Prêt à laisser l'intensité de cette pierre précieuse rouge allumer le feu à l'intérieur ? Voici tout ce que vous devez savoir sur la pierre de naissance de juillet.

D'où viennent les pierres de naissance de juillet ?

Les rubis sont immédiatement identifiables par leur couleur rouge foncé. Vous vous demandez peut-être si le rubis est un nom spirituel ? Découvrons-le!

Le nom rubis vient du mot latin ruber , qui signifie « rouge ».

L'histoire des rubis remonte si loin que retracer leurs origines est une mission complexe. Nous savons que les archives indiquent leur utilisation initiale dans le commerce le long de la route de la soie en Chine en 200 av. J.-C. De plus, la Bible de Saint-Jacques mentionne les rubis six fois !

Cependant, beaucoup pensent que les premiers rubis découverts provenaient d'Asie. Au début du XXe siècle, des rubis de haute qualité ont fait surface en Thaïlande et au Cambodge. Plus tard, d'autres ont été trouvés au Vietnam. Cependant, la Birmanie (aujourd'hui Myanmar) a toujours été le leader dans la production de la plus grande quantité et qualité de rubis.

Les gens désirent les rubis birmans pour une raison principale : leur couleur. Souvent appelés "sang de pigeon", ces rubis d'un rouge profond comptent parmi les pierres les plus précieuses au monde. En 2016, une bague en rubis birman de 10,05 carats nommée "Ratnaraj", ou ""roi des pierres précieuses" en sanskrit, a battu des records à la maison de vente aux enchères Christie's lorsqu'elle s'est vendue pour 10,2 millions de dollars !

rubis rouge du mozambique

Quelle est la signification spirituelle de la pierre de naissance de juillet ?

Il n'est pas surprenant que les rubis soient de puissantes pierres de cœur, parfaites pour ouvrir et activer le chakra du cœur. Porter une pierre de naissance de juillet peut vous protéger de la douleur du chagrin.

La connexion de Ruby au cœur est la raison pour laquelle ils sont utilisés pour promouvoir la dévotion et la fidélité dans les relations amoureuses. Lorsque le roi Édouard VIII a abdiqué le trône pour épouser son amant, Wallis Simpson, il lui a offert un collier de rubis portant les mots "My Wallis".

Même si vous n'êtes pas amoureux, les rubis peuvent vous aider à garder votre cœur ouvert. Nous traversons tous des moments difficiles dans la vie, et si vous vous sentez émotionnellement congestionné, essayez de porter un bijou en rubis pendant un jour ou deux. La pierre vous aidera à libérer l'empreinte spirituelle d'un traumatisme émotionnel ou d'un abus physique passé pour trouver une guérison profonde.

Le vent est-il parti de vos voiles?

Les rubis ont le pouvoir d'augmenter votre passion pour la vie. Ils peuvent être utilisés comme un outil de motivation pour rester concentré et terminer les tâches. Êtes-vous dans une phase de procrastination ? Les rubis vous donneront la motivation nécessaire pour enfin démarrer une tâche que vous avez négligée. Nous pourrions tous utiliser un peu d'aide de rubis dans ce département !

rubis pierre gemme sculpture de feng shui double tortue

Que symbolise la pierre de naissance de juillet ?

Beaucoup de gens croient que les propriétés mystiques du rubis s'étendent à la protection physique et portent les pierres précieuses comme des talismans. Porter une pierre de naissance de juillet sur le côté gauche, près du cœur, invite à une vie paisible. Avec ce placement de choix, la personne et ses biens sont protégés contre les dommages.

La couleur sanglante des rubis explique pourquoi cette pierre est fortement associée au fluide qui coule dans nos veines.

On pense que les personnes qui mettent leur vie en danger ont un lien unique avec les pierres. Dans "Le Magicien d'Oz", Glinda la bonne sorcière donne à Dorothy les pantoufles rubis pour la protéger pendant son voyage !

"Il n'y a pas d'endroit comme à la maison", et les rubis peuvent vous guider lorsque vous vous sentez capricieux ou perdu.

Les guerriers birmans portaient des rubis pour se protéger pendant la bataille. Cependant, il ne suffisait pas de les porter sur leurs chaussures ou leur armure. Pour bénéficier pleinement de la protection d'un rubis, un guerrier insérait les pierres dans sa chair.

Les pouvoirs de protection de Ruby sont également la raison pour laquelle ils sont les favoris de la royauté. Les rubis représentent de nombreuses caractéristiques empiriques, notamment le courage, le pouvoir et la protection contre le mal.

En plus de ces qualités vertueuses, les rubis peuvent apporter la bonne fortune à ceux qui les portent ! Dans la culture chinoise, le rouge est la couleur officielle de la chance.

Les gens enterraient des rubis sous les fondations de leurs entreprises pour s'assurer la bonne fortune. Les nobles chinois ornaient également leur armure de rubis.

coeur de pierre gemme rubis rouge-rose

Quelles sont les propriétés curatives de la pierre de naissance de juillet ?

Parce que les rubis semblent contenir une flamme intérieure, ils sont souvent associés au feu et à la pureté. Les gens disaient que si l'on voulait faire bouillir de l'eau pour la purifier, il fallait d'abord jeter un rubis dans la marmite.

Ces capacités purificatrices expliquent pourquoi les gens utilisent les rubis pour traiter les fièvres et les infections. Les guérisseurs utilisent des rubis pour détoxifier le sang et les ganglions lymphatiques du corps. Les rubis peuvent même favoriser la circulation sanguine chez les personnes souffrant d'une mauvaise circulation.

Les rubis sont une excellente pierre de guérison pour les femmes en raison de leur capacité à réguler le flux menstruel et à apaiser la douleur causée par les crampes. On dit que cette pierre est bénéfique pour les organes reproducteurs en traitant les défis sexuels comme l'infertilité et l'impuissance. De plus, ils aident les femmes ménopausées en soulageant les symptômes inconfortables.

De nombreuses personnes considèrent le rubis comme l'une des meilleures pierres précieuses pour la guérison des problèmes sanguins, cardiaques, coronariens ou ventriciculaires. Pour cette raison, si vous souffrez d'une maladie cardiaque ou d'un trouble sanguin, vous méritez de vous offrir un bijou en rubis.

bague rubis étoile avec pierres précieuses et diamants accentués

Laissez la pierre de naissance de juillet allumer la flamme intérieure !

On ne peut nier la passion alléchante que les rubis enflamment. La couleur luxuriante et les propriétés puissantes de la pierre magnétisent les gens, et à juste titre. Nous avons tous des passions et les rubis font écho à nos désirs intérieurs, les amplifiant sous une forme tangible.

Si la couleur elle-même n'est pas assez séduisante, ils font de beaux bijoux en pierre de naissance de juillet !

Êtes-vous Cancer ou Lion de juillet ? Laissez-vous tenter par la beauté irrésistible des pierres précieuses de rubis !

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