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King of Gemstones

Is your birthday in July? If so, you are lucky! July’s birthstone is one of the oldest most prized gemstones, Ruby. In Sanskrit the word for ruby is ‘ratnaraj’ which translates to “king of gemstones”.

The name Ruby comes from the Latin word “ruber” meaning red, the color of our most intense emotions- love and anger, passion and fury. This stunning red stone was found in India approximately 2000 years ago, and now the most famous ruby mines are found in Myanmar. Since the first discovery of ruby mines, they have found many more! They can also be found in Greenland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kenya, etc..

Legend has it that those who wear Rubies are protected from evil and attract good luck, which is why ancient warriors would wear Rubies on the battlefield, to keep them safe. This gem is also a symbol of obvious beauty, as well as wealth, nobility, good fortune and loyalty.

This attractive stone is also the stone of royalty and courage, which is why they are sought-after by European royalty and the upper class. In England, Ruby was used for coronation rings and to this day enjoys popularity among royalty. In ancient Hinduism, Ruby was believed that those who offered fine rubies to the god Krishna could be reborn as emperors.

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