JULY BIRTHSTONE - RUBY


The gemstone ruby is the red variety of the mineral Corundum, the second hardest natural mineral known to mankind. Ruby is the July birthstone, and the Capricorn Zodiac stone. Ruby has been associated with the values of love, success, integrity, passion, and promise.

All colors of corundum other than red or white are called Sapphire The red color in ruby is caused by trace amounts of the element chromium. The best shade of red for ruby is often given the name "pigeon blood red", but ruby can be any shade of red up to almost pink.

Oriented rutile crystal inclusions cause a six-rayed-star light effect (called asterism) to form the popular Star Ruby.

Rubies come from all over the world but good gemstones are found at Thailand, India, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, North Carolina in the U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Kampuchea, and perhaps most notably, Burma.

Like most gemstones from the antiquities, Ruby is one of the Biblestones. In Exodus, the Breastplate of Aaron is described as containing a "sardius", the ancient name for ruby.

Rubies have a famous place in science - the first lasers were made from artificial ruby crystals.  They still are used for this purpose although other materials offer improved efficiency.  Some natural ruby crystals show the fluorescence (actually very short term phosphorescence) that makes a laser possible.

For natural ruby specimens, see our Ruby Specimens pages.


Ruby Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Round Black Diamond Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Black Onyx & Ruby - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $215.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Black Diamond Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Black Onyx & Ruby - Venus Band
$215.00
Gemvara
Round Rock Crystal Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Ruby & London Blue Topaz - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rock Crystal Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Ruby & London Blue Topaz - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & Citrine - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $210.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & Citrine - Venus Band
$210.00
Gemvara
"14k Gold Ladies Marquise shaped Synthetic Ruby Ring"
"14K Gold ladies Wide Band Prong-Set Cubic Zirconia ring; measures 15mm W at its widest point."Only $323.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold Ladies Marquise shaped Synthetic Ruby Ring"
$323.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Cupid's Arrow Diamond & Ruby Pendant
It will be love at first sight with this charming 24kt gold-plated sterling silver pendant, adorned with nearly a carat of rubies and stylishly accented with diamonds.Pendant is 1/2" in length, chain is 18".Only $225.00 at Danbury Mint
no photoCupid's Arrow Diamond & Ruby Pendant
$225.00
Danbury Mint
Round Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Ruby & Alexandrite - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $230.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Ruby & Alexandrite - Venus Band
$230.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Diamond & Ruby - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Diamond & Ruby - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Round Gemstone Stackable Ring, Ruby, Womens
Stack ring is a fun way to brighten up your look. Sterling silver ring is accented with a bezel-set stone, available in your choice of 12 birthstone colors. Get two or more to coordinate with your wardrobe. Metal: Sterling silverStones: 5x5mm lab...Only $104.15 at jcpenney
no photoRound Gemstone Stackable Ring, Ruby, Womens
$104.15
jcpenney
12mm Mabe Pearl, 33.50ct t.w. Ruby Bracelet in Silver. 7"
Fiery and cool at the same time our 33.50 ct. t.w. ruby and 12mm Mabe pearl bracelet is a great combo! Alternating pattern adds interest. Toggle clasp, sterling silver bracelet. Ruby birthstones are the perfect gift for July birthdays.Only $172.50 at Ross-Simons
no photo12mm Mabe Pearl, 33.50ct t.w. Ruby Bracelet in Silver. 7"
$172.50
Ross-Simons
Round Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Smoky Quartz - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $210.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Smoky Quartz - Venus Band
$210.00
Gemvara
14K White Gold Earrings with Ruby - Star Flower Earrings
These five petal star-shaped flower earrings add the perfect feminine note to casual or tailored outfits.Only $400.00 at Gemvara
no photo14K White Gold Earrings with Ruby - Star Flower Earrings
$400.00
Gemvara
Round Emerald Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Yellow Sapphire & Ruby - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Emerald Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Yellow Sapphire & Ruby - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Round Ruby Sterling Silver Earrings with Peridot - Loop Knot Drop Earrings
Gleaming metal loops with pave-set stones create these stunning earrings. They are carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $345.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Ruby Sterling Silver Earrings with Peridot - Loop Knot Drop Earrings
$345.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Ring with Ruby - Daisy Ring
This nature-inspired ring is the perfect everyday choice with a pretty petite gem-set bloom on a delicate modern band. Wear more than one to create a bouquet for your finger.Only $195.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Ruby - Daisy Ring
$195.00
Gemvara
Heart Bezel-Ruby Pendant Necklace - SHY by Sydney Evan - Gold
SHY by Sydney EvanHeart Bezel-Ruby Pendant NecklaceDetails14-karat yellow gold-plated sterling silver vermeil.Small heart pendant; bezel-set ruby on chain.Delicate cable chain necklace, 15 1/4-16 1/4inL.0.015 total ruby carat weight.Spring-ring...Only $125.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoHeart Bezel-Ruby Pendant Necklace - SHY by Sydney Evan - Gold
$125.00
Neiman Marcus
 


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