The July birthstone has long been associated with love, passion, and faithful closeness, which is why they were considered the perfect wedding stones in antiquity.
Much like other gemstones, rubies have an astounding list of metaphysical and healing powers. The exquisite crystal increases vitality, life-force energy, and motivation, improves concentration, promotes a clear mind, and boosts the wearer’s self-confidence and determination. At the same time, the birthstone for July also has the ability to propel one towards prosperity and provide a sense of accomplishment.
The word ruby comes from ruber, Latin for red. The color of a ruby is due to the element chromium.
Legend says rubies can keep the body safe, ward off pestilence and plague, banish sadness, warn the wearer of impending danger, promote peace and harmony, and drive away nightmares and foolish thoughts. When rubbed against one’s skin, rubies can purge the body of toxins, restore youth, and instill a sense of general wellbeing. Rubies can also motivate one to achieve leadership skills and amass wealth, so it comes as no surprise that they were the prized possession of kings and political rulers.
The glowing color of the July birthstone symbolizes the inextinguishable flame of the sun, which many myths claim would shine through the thickest clothing, cause water to boil, and even more surprisingly, melt wax.
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