For those born in the month of July, the traditional birthstone is the bright red revered ruby. The ruby is held in high esteem amongst the 11 other birthstones as a precious symbol of love, strength, power and luck. “The gleaming Ruby should adorn, All those who in July are born, For thus they’ll be exempt and free, From lover’s doubts and anxiety.” Ruby is a red variety of the mineral corundum and has always been considered one of the most valuable gemstones. Their exceptional hardness of 9.0 on the mohs scale is surpassed only by diamonds, making rubies extremely durable to wear. The word ‘ruby’ comes from the Latin translation of ‘red’ (ruber) which attests to the ruby’s striking natural colouring. Fine quality rubies are extremely rare to find and their value directly relates to their colouring. Traditionally, rubies are found ranging from pinky-red to a vibrant deep red, however the most sought after are those coloured medium or medium dark vivid red or slightly purplish red. Rubies are found throughout the world however the most important source of rubies comes from Burma, which is famous for producing fine quality vivid coloured rubies. Other main producers of good quality rubies include Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Australia and various locations throughout Africa. The history, myths and legends surrounding the spiritual properties of the ruby have been handed down through the ages and from different civilisations. The allure of the ruby has been revered by those in power for centuries. Worn by Kings and royalty to protect them from evil, the ruby is believed to bring great fortune and luck. They also have the distinctive property to turn deeper in colour which has been thought to indicate danger or misfortune to the wearer. There are many positive effects and spiritual properties to wearing the July birthstone. For centuries the ruby has been held as a symbol of powerful feelings such as love, energy, passion and power. Legend has it that the owner of a ruby can walk through life protected from fear of harm or evil. Arouse your senses and use your birthstone in healing or meditation. Rubies stimulate the heart chakra – their striking red shade associates with blood and vigour giving you a zest for life, whilst at the same time calming exhaustion and hyperactivity. With its strength, beauty and durability, ruby birthstone jewellery is a popular choice amongst some notable wearers. In fact it is rumoured that Prince William is expected to buy Kate Middleton a ruby birthstone in anticipation of the birth of their first child – due on the 13th of July. Other celebrities born under the protection of the ruby include Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler and Ringo Starr. There’s no better way to demonstrate your love than by giving a ruby in celebration of a July birthday. If you or someone you love was born under the ruby this July, Psychic Light would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday.