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Ruby, July's Birthstone

We are so excited to Celebrate July’s Gemstone here at Portsmouth Jewelers in Portsmouth, NH. July marks the beginning of ruby season and this gem is used to celebrate birthdays all month long.  It is appropriately assigned to the month that embodies heat, vibrancy, and summertime. Rubies are said to boost your energy level and promotes high self-esteem, intuition, and spiritual wisdom. This gemstone  is rich with history and has been used to symbolize fiery passion, good fortune, strength, vigor, and love.

Historically, kings prized the ruby for its regal, red hue and the gem’s innate ability to make a majestic statement. For many, the brilliance of the stone indicated not only wealth but also caste, denoting the degree of one’s purity. Royalty and warriors treasured the stone equally, believing that possessing one would bring vitality. The stone has been referenced in the Bible and ancient India, making it one of the oldest gems that we still mine for to this day.

Rubies are the most valuable gemstones in the corundum mineral family, which includes all color of sapphires.

Premier mining sources are found in Myanmar, formally known as Burma. Burmese Rubies were known as Pigeon’s blood Rubies, with it’s striking shade of red making it discernable and highly valuable. Other Ruby sources were found in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and India. Regardless of the surplus, the stone still holds its value and wide popularity.

Beyond the July birthstone, Rubies are also used to commemorate 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. The stone is durable by nature, measuring a 9 on the Mohs’ Scale of Hardness, making it an excellent gemstone for any fine piece of jewelry such as rings, necklaces and earrings. Rubies can be worn for every day wear and is a suitable option for an untraditional engagement piece.  Come into Portsmouth Jewelers today to see our beautiful pieces of Ruby Jewelry!