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July Birthstones

Ruby

Ruby
Symbolic of the passion and energy associated with the color red, the vibrant ruby is said to bring love and success. Due to its deep red color, ruby has long been associated with the life force and vitality of blood. It is believed to amplify energy, heighten awareness, promote courage and bring success in wealth, love and battle.

Symbolic of passion, protection and prosperity, the ruby has been revered since ancient times. Chinese noblemen adorned their armor with rubies because they believed the gem would grant protection. They also buried rubies beneath building foundations to secure good fortune.

Many cultures also admired ruby as a symbol of love and passion. Rubies have long been considered the perfect wedding gem.

Rhodalite

Wedding Anniveraries

Ruby is also the stone that marks the 15th, 40th and 80th wedding anniversaries Although some say Rhodalite should be for the 15th

The name Rhodolite is derived from the Greek word rhodon, which means “rose-colored”, and this refers to Rhodolite’s pinkish hues. Rhodolite will balance the flow of energies in your body. It’s a stone that will also enhance your creativity and your abilities. A warm, sincere, loving, and trusting stone. It’s a powerful energizer that can increase your energy levels wherever you place it.

Star Ruby

The star ruby is referred to as the eternal gemstone. Normally carved with a rounded cabochon cut to accentuate its shining asterism properties. The word asterism comes from the Greek word “aster” meaning star. Needle-shaped microscopic inclusions within the gem naturally align to reflect a six-pointed star. The blazing effects of asterism are strongest on the face of the gem when observed in daytime. Only about three out of every 100 raw rubies exhibit the star-effect. Of those three gems only one will meet the standards to be called top quality.

Married couples have have been celebrating anniversaries since the middle ages. Traditionally, husbands presented their wives with gold or silver wreaths as symbols of harmony to mark the special event. By the twentieth century, a list of specific materials was designated for the major milestone anniversaries.

The American Gem Society took it a step further by compiling a list of gemstone jewelry for each anniversary year. Similar to the list of materials used to symbolize the marriage’s growing bond, the gemstones listed are based on the belief that the couple’s growing commitment to each other reflects their investment in the marriage. 

  • 15 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Rhodolite builds up confidence and love.
  • 40 Year Anniversary Gemstone: Ruby is filled with love and brings friendship and love.
  • 52 Year Anniversary Star Ruby: Star ruby a talisman of passion, protection and prosperity

So for all you July babies or husbands looking for anniversary gifts – now you know what to look for .

Which makes me realize I should maybe make some jewelry using these beautiful stones…