July Birthstone: Ruby
If you were born in July, your birthstone is Ruby.
Congratulations July babies! Your birthstone is ruby. Not only is it one of the most popular and sought after gemstones today, but it has a rich history in gemology, fashion, and folk lore.
The Gemology of Rubies
Mineral Type: Corundum
Countries with Deposits: Afghanistan, Greenland, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam
Most Sought After Color: Medium to Medium-Dark Vibrant Red or Red with a hint of Purple
Fun Fact: Rubies and Sapphires are simply different colors of Corundum. And, it is second only to diamonds in hardness (so it's great for holding up to daily wear and tear)!
The Fashion of Rubies
It's no surprise the world of fashion is so obsessed with ruby jewelry. It's spectacular and has been the go to colored gemstone for countless style icons, celebrities, film makers, and royalties. Here are just a few examples:
Image: Vanity Fair - Christie's
Liz Taylor's Love or Rubies
Gone, but never forgotten, Liz Taylor's indisputable eye for jewelry makes for one spectacular stamp of approval. And, she certainly approved of rubies!
Image: The Royal Post
Queen Elizabeth II Ruby Tiara and Jewelry
It's no surprise that some of the Queen's most iconic photographs have been taken wearing this spectacular ruby and diamond tiara. Wouldn't you love to wear it too!?!
Jessica Simpson's Ruby Engagement Ring
This captivating ruby and diamond three stone ring is superb! It's simplicity allows the majestic color to be the focus of the ring.
Image: The Movie Network
Pretty Woman's Famous Ruby Necklace Scene
This famous ruby necklace left movie goers in awe! Followed by the delightful scene, where he snaps the lid closed and she laughs...did you know that was meant for the bloopers real!
Other Famous Examples of Ruby...
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's Ruby Engagement Ring (which we LOVE)
Sarah Ferguson's Ruby Halo Engagement Ring
Victoria Beckham's Ruby 'Engagement Ring'
Ashley Simpson's Ruby Engagement Ring
Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz's Ruby Slippers
Ruby Folk Lore
History has shown us that rubies have been an object of desire. Here are various examples throughout history:
Source: American Gem Society
Bella's Ruby Jewelry
Bella's is committed to buying the finest ruby jewelry from the design house of David Connolly and Jabel. Paired with ethically sourced diamonds in 14KT, 18KT, and Platinum. Every design pictured on our website can be sold in ruby.