July's Birthstone: Ruby

As the summer sun reaches its peak in July, there's no better way to celebrate the warmth and vibrancy of the season than with the fiery brilliance of a ruby. This striking gemstone, renowned for its deep red hue, is the perfect embodiment of passion, love, and vitality. Whether you're looking to treat yourself or find the perfect gift for a loved one, rubies offer a timeless elegance that captures the essence of summer.

The Allure & Historical Significance

Rubies have been treasured for centuries, often referred to as the "king of gemstones." Their captivating red color symbolizes love, energy, and power, making them a favored choice for those looking to make a bold statement. The most prized rubies exhibit a rich, vibrant red with hints of blue undertones, often described as "pigeon's blood" red. This exquisite color, coupled with the gemstone's rarity, contributes to its high value and desirability.

Rubies have a storied history, revered by cultures across the globe. In ancient India, they were considered the most precious of all gemstones, believed to hold the power of life due to their blood-red color. Warriors in Burma (now Myanmar) would embed rubies in their skin, believing it made them invincible in battle. Throughout the ages, rubies have been associated with royalty and luxury, adorning the crowns and regalia of kings and queens.

Pictured: Ruby Shared Prong Band & Ruby Bypass Ring with Pave Diamond Band

Symbolism and Meaning

July's birthstone carries rich symbolism. Rubies are often associated with:

  • Passion and Love: Their deep red color makes rubies the ultimate symbol of romantic love and passion. They are a popular choice for engagement rings and anniversary gifts, symbolizing a deep and enduring commitment.
  • Courage and Confidence: Historically, rubies were believed to bestow courage and protection upon the wearer. They were often worn by royalty and warriors to imbue a sense of bravery and strength.
  • Vitality and Energy: The vibrant red of a ruby is reminiscent of the life force, infusing the wearer with energy, enthusiasm, and a zest for life.

Pictured: Ruby & Diamond Medallion Charm

Famous Rubies in History

Some of the world's most famous rubies have fascinating stories. The Liberty Bell Ruby, the largest mined ruby in the world, weighing over four pounds, was sculpted into a bell shape in honor of America's Bicentennial in 1976 (pictured top left). The Burmese Ruby Tiara, part of Queen Elizabeth II's collection, is another iconic piece, featuring 96 stunning rubies set in a delicate design (pictured on bottom). The DeLong Star Ruby, a 100-carat star ruby, is celebrated for its unique asterism and rich color (pictured top right).These famous rubies underscore the gem's enduring allure and majestic charm.

Caring for Your Ruby Jewelry

To ensure your ruby jewelry remains as dazzling as the day you bought it, follow these care tips:

  • Cleaning: Gently clean your ruby jewelry with a soft brush and soapy water. Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the stone.
  • Storage: Store rubies separately from other gemstones to avoid scratches. A soft pouch or lined jewelry box works best.
  • Regular Check-ups: Have your ruby jewelry checked by a professional jeweler regularly to ensure the settings are secure and the gemstone is in good condition.

Pictured: Ruby & Diamond Alternating Stackable Band

At Carter’s Collective, we celebrate the timeless beauty of rubies. Whether you're searching for a memorable birthday gift, a luxurious anniversary present, or simply a treat for yourself, explore our exquisite collection of ruby jewelry online or visit us in-store today!