This July birthstone has a color which can be described as a deep, pure, vivid red. Ruby, a variety of the mineral corundum (which also includes sapphires), is as historically captivating as it is beautiful. This historically significant gemstone is the birthstone for July and is the gem for 15th and 40th anniversaries.

Red is the color of our most intense emotions- love and anger, passion and fury. It’s associated with objects of power and desire- like fast cars and red roses. Early cultures treasured rubies for their similarity to the redness of the blood that flowed through their veins, and believed that rubies held the power of life. Being the hardest gemstone, second only to diamond, ruby and sapphire make for durable gemstones suitable for everyday wear.
The rarest rubies boast a pure, vivid red hue, although some rubies contain a dash of pink, orange, or purple. If these secondary colors are too intense, the gemstone would not qualify as ruby, but as pink, orange or purple sapphire.  The most expensive gemstone ever bought was a 25.59ct Ruby for $32.4 million in a 2015 auction.