Rubies are both the Modern and Traditional birthstone for people born during
the month of July. Rubellite, Tourmaline,
Carnelian, Sapphire, along with
Red Gemstones are considered the Alternative birthstones by Gem Dealers,
Jewelry Designers, and Jewelry Manufacturers.
A true Ruby is actually the mineral Corundum. This mineral comes in a lot of
colors but only when it is red is it considered a Ruby. Any other color of this
mineral is usually considered a Sapphire. White Sapphires should not be
confused with diamonds as they are a different stone. Corundum is one of the
hardest natural minerals known to man.
For an elegant and rich look you may want to consider a combination of Rubies and White Sapphires. This gives the appearance of rubies mixed with Diamonds and has a nice effect. This also reflects light better for a glistening effect. The White Sapphires are less expensive than you average Diamonds but look very much the same.
If you are looking for something a bit unusual then there have been many other stones commonly associated with July. The Onyx, Moonstone, and Pearl all have historical meaning in the terms of July birthstones. There are others as well so if you want something less traditional then you might do a little investigating and find something suitable for your needs.
The Ruby is often said to bring good luck and is associated with devotion, happiness, integrity, and courage. They are also said to have certain healing properties. More modern uses of the Ruby include use in lasers. Each individual birth stone has different uses and folklore surrounding it.
You can buy July birthstones in numerous places. The amount you will pay will greatly depend on the quality of the stone. Of course they have some on the market that are really no more than colored glass. You should be aware of these and go with a reputable dealer when possible. Some of the best quality stones come from Burma though you can get quality stones from a number of other countries including North Carolina in the USA.
Birth stones can be used in just about any jewelry. They can also be mixed with other stones as mentioned above to achieve just about any look you want. Rubies are a nice stone to use when you want to add a splash of color to your ensemble. Weather you are looking for something small and quaint or big and flashy, Rubies can help you get the look you want.
Birth stones have different meanings for different people. To a mother they may represent the month or months in which her children were born and serve as a special reminder. Others may just like rubies and prefer them to other stones. What ever the reason this is a good choice if you are looking for a special gift especially if their birthday is in July. If you are interested in custom jewelry set with Rubies, please Contact Me to request an estimate.