July babies are lucky enough to have the fiery blood red ruby as their birthstone.
One of the rarest precious stones, rubies have captivated many different cultures across the world throughout time.
Rubies were celebrated as the king of gemstones in ancient times, they are incredibly rare and were kept solely for royalty. The Queen herself owns some of the finest rubies in the world.
A ruby gets its colour from the element of chromium in the mineral corundum. Chromium also causes fluorescence and that's what gives rubies their fiery red colour.
Second only in hardness to diamonds, rubies can also bring a higher price point.
These unique and highly sought after stones were believed in ancient times to be a protector against evil or misfortune and have always been a symbol of love, passion, protection and wealth.
If you are feeling a little sluggish, unmotivated or depressed, the ruby is a great stone to rejuvenate the mind and body. It can help clear the mind of negativity and boost self confidence.
Most commonly associated with the root chakra, it can also be used effectively to energetically stimulate the heart chakra. A great stone for removing blocked energies.
Whether you're a july baby or not, owning a ruby is a rare and positive gift.