Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ruby - July's Birthstone

The Ruby is the birthstone for the month of July. It is also the Wedding anniversary gemstone for the 40th year of marriage 

Zodiac Sign: Cancer 
Cancer dates: June 22 - July 22 
Cancer - The Third Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Crab 
Ruling Planet of Cancer: Mercury  
Alternate Birthstones of Cancer: Emeralds, Sardonyx, Pearls and Moonstones 

Spring Infinity Scarf
Lovely Spring Handmade  Infinity scarf, circle scarf, cowl scarf,  Womens Rose colored

The word Ruby is derived from the Latin word "ruber" which means "red" reflecting the color of the stone. 

Dicroic Fused Glass Candle Holder
Dichroic Fused Glass  Candle Holder Poppy Red with Golden Turquoise Interior and  186

Like diamonds, gemstones are graded by color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. Rubies are extremely hard, second only to diamonds. It is a red crystallized variety of corundum. The Ruby is a member of the Corundum (aluminum oxide) family. 

A few rubies have been found in the U.S. states of Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wyoming. Recently, large ruby deposits have been found under the receding ice shelf of Greenland. 

Hand Knit  Scarf  Ruffle Scarf - Raspberry Wine - Pink Burgundy

The Colors of Rubies
Rubies come in a wide range of natural colors and shades of red. The color range includes pinkish, purplish, orangey and brownish red depending on the chromium and iron content of the stone.  

Brass Ruby Necklace
Long Brass Ruby Necklace with seedbeads,bali spacers-statement necklace rubies and diamonds - Columns of Grace

Cancer Characteristics 
Cancer is very patient. Cancer feels all moods to the fullest, joy, sorrow, compassion, horror and sadness. Family is important to Cancer. Cancer will always forgive, but has a good memory. 

Ruby Red Teddy Bear
Ruby Red Teddy Bear July Birthstone Crochet

Cancer can love long and strong. Cancer is a giver and can be taken advantage of by those who are takers. Cancer says, "I feel."

Swarovski Cosmic Necklace Sterling Silver Ruby Swan
Characteristics and healing powers of the ruby:
Devotion, integrity, courage and happiness 
Vitality, confidence and strength 
Used to enhance energy, generosity and to bring success 

Brought to you by Linda Blatchford, Jewelry Designer


  1. Enjoyed reading your latest Birthstone article, Linda!

  2. Rubies are such beautiful stones, thanks for sharing the meaning and these beautiful items!

  3. Love rubies! Thanks for the post!

  4. Loved reading bout this months' birthstone and such great items thanks for the info love reading your birthstone articles

  5. Another outstanding blog post on our birthstones of the month, thanks Linda. I love reading each and every one of them. Thanks for featuring my infinity scarf.

  6. Fascinating read - Love Rubies. Sue (SunnyCrystals)

  7. Beautiful ruby colored finds! Thank you for the informative post!

  8. I Love Ruby's... Thank you for this wonderful Blog!!

  9. Rubies are wonderful. Love your picture choices. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love rubies! I enjoyed this article very much. My cousin who was the same age as I was born in July. All this time and I didn't realize her birthstone was a ruby..

  11. Red is my favorite color, so I love Rubies! Great information Linda. Thanks so much for sharing with us and for including my Ruby bear!

  12. Great post, thank you! Love rubies. :)

  13. Rubies are one of my favorite stones as I love red. Wonderful article, Linda and thank you for including my scarf. Very informative.

  14. I enjoy learning about different stones. Thanks Linda.

  15. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Love rubies! They are my son's birthstone. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I use rubies alot in my work, thanks for this information!

  18. Great article! Thanks for the great info.

  19. You're all very welcome. This is the 1 thing I LOVE to do for PFT

  20. Enjoyable as usual Linda. Thank you for all the good info on Rubies.