July Birthstones, July Birthstone Color and July Zodiac Crystals

July Birthstone Ruby

The official July birthstone is the ravishing red Ruby and thus the July birthstone color is red. The Carnelian gemstone is the alternative birthstone for July, which also occurs in warm reddish colors.

Ruby is one of the Zodiac birthstones for Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) and Carnelian is one of the Zodiac birthstones for Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22).

Watch the short, informative videos highlighting the history, symbolism and properties of both Ruby and Carnelian.

And take the fun quiz to discover some interesting trivia about Rubies🙂.

July Birthstone Color - Red Tumbled Ruby Gemstones
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July Birthstone Ruby

Ruby is listed as both the modern and official birthstone for July and is associated with devotion, integrity, courage and happiness. Ruby gemstones have a primary color of deep red thus July's birthstone color is red and in fact the word Ruby originates from the Latin “ruber” meaning “red”.

Rubies are extremely valuable and are one of the four precious gemstones, together with diamonds, emeralds and sapphires.  Famous rubies such as the Timor Ruby and the Black Prince's Ruby of the British crown jewels, were in fact later discovered to be red spinel.

Rough Ruby is found in limestone and in gem gravels around the world and the secondary shades of pink, orange and violet can indicate the country of origin. The most well-known deposits are in Myanmar (Burma) where rubies have an exceptional color and a glowing fluorescence.

Rough uncut Ruby stones are used as healing crystals or unusual pieces added to rock collections. Smaller, lower grade stones might be polished and tumbled and used in crafts or handmade jewelry. Larger, higher-grade stones are cut by lapidary experts into cabochons or faceted and set in gold or silver fine jewelry.

July birthstone jewelry set with the valuable and precious Ruby gemstone is a special gift for a milestone birthday. Ruby jewelry is also given to celebrate 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.

Discover more about ruby gemstones and ruby history and symbolism.

Video: Ruby Gemstone Facts and Info

"Watch this interesting video by Gemporia about the most highly coveted gemstones of all time: Ruby. This vivid red treasure is often hailed as 'The King of Gemstones'."

Quiz: Ruby Trivia - 10 Questions

Ruby Trivia Quiz

Adapted from the Ruby Red quiz on Funtrivia.com, with permission.

Alternative July Birthstone Carnelian

The alternative birthstone for July is Carnelian which occurs in various shades of reddish brown. Clarity can range from being totally clear to opaque and the stone is sometimes banded. The reddish color of Carnelian comes from its iron content and heat treatments enhance these deeper red tones.

Carnelian usually forms as nodules in basalt volcanic rock and major deposits occur in Brazil, India, Japan and Uruguay. The gemstone is hard enough to fashion into beads or cabochons, and was once widely used in carved cameos. Carnelian is one of the brightly colored gemstones used to decorate the extensive inlays of the Taj Mahal.

Rough Carnelian crystals are used by healers, collected by rock hounds or wrapped in wire as pendants. Polished and tumbled stones can be carved into various shapes for craft projects, home decor or set in handmade jewelry.

Discover more about the carnelian gemstone and carnelian history and symbolism.

Video: Carnelian Meanings, Uses & Healing

"In this video Satin Crystals answers the following questions with plenty of visual examples: Is Carnelian the same as Sard? How can you tell if your Carnelian is heated or dyed? Who Needs Carnelian Crystals? What are the Healing Properties of Carnelian? Where do you put Carnelian stone?"

July Zodiac Crystals for Cancer and Leo

The two July birthday zodiac signs are Cancer and Leo. The Cancer sign is from June 21 to July 22 and the Leo sign from July 23 to August 22. (The start and end dates can vary by a day or so each year).

New Moon Beginnings offer Zodiac crystal sets (rough or tumbled) to enhance each sign's positive qualities and to calm negative energies.

In the Cancer crystal set - red jasper, moonstone, orange calcite, carnelian and rose quartz compliment the compassionate and nurturing Cancerians. Find out how these stones can help strengthen the Cancer sign characteristics.

Pyrite, sunstone, carnelian, tigers eye and garnet are included in the Leo crystal set to enhance their ambitious and proud nature. Discover how these stones amplify the qualities of the Leo sign.


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Leo Crystals (Jul 23 - Aug 22) Leo Jewelry

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