Ruby is the birthstone designated for the month of July. No other gemstone would be as perfect, to represent this warm summer month -- the red-hot ruby had to have been the clear choice. This dazzling gemstone represents love and passion; which not only makes ruby a great birthstone -- but a wonderful engagement ring as well. It is also said that the ruby brings the wearer health, wealth and success. You lucky July babies!!!
There are so many great things to love about rubies! For one thing, they are a very hard stone, so they can be worn every day. However, you must keep in mind that with any stone, you will want use a reasonable amount of caution. While it is more resistant to surface scratches than most stones - if it takes a hit - it could chip or crack.
Another great thing about the ruby is how absolutely striking it is. Whether you find it in the highly sought after "pigeon blood-red "- or in a pink-red or purple-red tone - it is still gorgeous. The ruby is a stone that has been worn by royals all over the world - it was actually known as the "king of gems" for a time. In fact - in England - it was commonly used for coronation rings.
Rubies are a variety of the mineral corundum. Corundum is also known as sapphire and comes is just about every color. So, the ruby is essentially a red sapphire -- but because of is beauty and prestige it is in a class all its own. Sapphires and rubies are identical in properties but the color is what makes them different.
Ruby - along with emerald, sapphire and diamonds - are considered precious gemstones. They are classified this way because of their rarity and value. For rubies, the richer the color - the more rare and valuable the stone is. Another thing that is considered when pricing a ruby, is how free of blemishes or "birthmarks" it is.