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July’s Birthstone is Ruby

RUBY

Believed to burn with an inextinguishable internal fire, ruby has historically signified great passion. This fiery red gemstone-the color of the heart-has always been associated with deep love. Also the color of blood, the ruby signifies great courage.

Ruby is also recognized as the traditional gift for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Historically, ruby was believed to attract and maintain love. Ruby is a popular gemstone choice for brides who want to express their individuality.

Ruby is recognized as a talisman to ensure harmony, guard against sorrow, inspire confidence, and bring success. The gem of gusto, ruby brings to light the electrifying personality of those who wear it.

The shades of red in which the ruby comes vary from purplish and bluish red to orangey red in medium to dark tones. Color is key when considering value. Prized colors are pure red with no overtones of brown or blue. Better qualities are usually free of inclusions. Ruby in sizes over 2 carats is rare. In its finest quality, any size is rare.

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