The July Birthstone is Ruby
The birthstone for July is Ruby and the July birthstone color is red.
The stunning red ruby is associated with devotion, integrity, courage and happiness and is often given as an engagement gift.
JULY BIRTHDAY INFO CARD
July birthstone - Ruby
July alternative birthstone - Carnelian
July birthstone color - red
July birth flower - Larkspur
15th and 40th wedding anniversaries
Zodiac birthstone Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Zodiac birthstone Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
July Birthstone - Ruby Gemstone
Ruby is one of the four rarer and highly valued gemstones called 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. These secondary shades can indicate the country of origin.
Natural rubies used in jewelry are graded according their color and amount of inclusions - A being the lower quality and AAA being the highest quality:
- AAA high quality - medium dark red ("pigeon blood" ) color - few inclusions
- AA medium quality - medium dark red - some inclusions
- A lower quality - light or medium red color - many inclusions
Ruby is one of the birthstones for the Cancer zodiac sign (Jun 21 – Jul 22).
July Alternative Birthstone - Carnelian Gemstone
The alternative birthstone for July is Carnelian.
Carnelian is a semi-precious gemstone that occurs in various shades of warm orange and stones can range from being totally clear to opaque.
The reddish color of Carnelian comes from its iron content and most carnelian is heat treated to enhance the deeper red tones.
Natural carnelian used in jewelry is graded according its luster, shine and amount of inclusions - A being the lower quality and AAA being the highest quality.
Carnelian is one of the birthstones for the Leo zodiac sign (Jul 23 – Aug 22).
July birth flowers - Larkspur and Water Lily
The birth flowers for July are the Larkspur and Water Lily.
Larkspurs (or Delphiniums) are a group of tall showy flowers that occur in beautiful colors of purple, blue, red, yellow or white. The petals fuse together forming a spur and hence the flower's name.
The larkspur is natural to Europe and has spread throughout North America due to its popularity as a garden plant.
Water Lilies are a family of aquatic plants common to tropical and temperate regions, with large round floating leaves and stunning flowers in many colors and forms.
The white water lily is the national flower of Bangladesh and the blue water lily is the national flower of Sri Lanka.