July Birthstone

The July Birthstone is Ruby

The official birthstone for July is the ravishing red Ruby which is associated with devotion, integrity, courage and happiness.

Ruby jewelry is often given as an engagement gift as it is one of the four rarer and highly valued precious gemstones -  Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.

The name comes from the Latin word “ruber” which means “red” and rubies have a primary color of deep red with secondary hues of pink, orange and violet, thus the July birthstone color is Red.

Carnelian is the alternative birthstone for July which also occurs in warm reddish colors.

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

The birth flowers for July are the Larkspur and Water Lily.

July Birthstone Angel holding Ruby Crystal

Natural Raw Ruby Gemstone - July Birthstone
Natural Raw Ruby Crystal
from Stony Mountain Stones
Natural Ruby Cabochon - July Birthstone
Natural Ruby Cabochon
from Laurie Sarah Gems
Tumbled Ruby Gemstones - July Birthstone
Tumbled Ruby Gemstones
from Throwin Stones
Natural Oval cut Dark Red Ruby - July Birthstone
Natural Oval Cut Dark Red Ruby
from Laurie Sarah Gems

Ruby - the July gemstone

Rough ruby is found in limestone and in gem gravels and the most well known deposits are in Myanmar (Burma) where rubies have an exceptional color and a glowing fluorescence.

Rubies are also found in Australia, Africa (Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania), United States, Russia and Asia (Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam). The shade of red color of a ruby can indicate its country of origin.

Ruby belongs to the corundum mineral group, which is the group of sapphires and in fact a ruby could be called a red sapphire.  Ruby crystals form in a six-sided (hexagonal) barrel shape with flat or pointed ends.

The hardness of ruby on the Mohs scale is a high nine, second only to diamond at ten, which is the hardest natural substance known to man.

Rough uncut ruby stones are used as healing crystals, set into fashion jewelry 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.

Ruby is the gemstone for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.

Discover more about ruby gemstones and ruby history and symbolism.

Carnelian - the alternative July gemstone

Carnelian is a semi-precious gemstone that occurs in various shades of reddish brown ranging from totally clear to opaque, and is sometimes banded.

Carnelian is a type of microcrystalline or cryptocrystalline quartz known as chalcedony, usually forming as nodules in basalt volcanic rock and major deposits occur in Brazil, India, Japan and Uruguay.

The carnelian crystal structure is trigonal with a hardness of seven on the Mohs scale being firm enough to fashion into beads or cabochons, and was once widely used in carved cameos.

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.
Raw Carnelian Stone - July Birthstone
Raw Carnelian Stone
from New Moon Beginnings
Carved Carnelian Crystal Hearts - July Birthstone
Carved Carnelian Crystal Hearts
from New Moon Beginnings
Tumbled Carnelian Gemstone - July Birthstone
Tumbled Carnelian Gemstone
from New Moon Beginnings
Beaded Carnelian Bracelet - July Birthstone
Beaded Carnelian Bracelet
from New Moon Beginnings


July Birthstone Ruby

Birthstone: Ruby

Alternative birthstone: Carnelian

Birthstone color: red

Birth flower: Larkspur

July Birthstone Ruby

Zodiac star sign: Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Zodiac star sign: Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)


15th and 40th wedding anniversaries: Ruby

July Birthstone Ruby

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