No matter who you are or what your zodiac sign is, you have a very special birthstone just for you! Regardless if you “believe” in astrology or not, including a birthstone into your life can be a beautiful way of connecting with history and your innate energetic characteristics. For many eras, people have integrated gemstones into gifts, jewelry, fashion, furniture, and beyond. Humanity’s love of their majesty has always been prominent! Join us as we dive into the meaning and splendor of the ruby birthstone. If you’d like to consult with one of our gifted psychics or intuitives to better understand your abilities and birthstone, book a session today!
What is a birthstone?
Birthstones have been around for a very long time—and have been used and beloved by people throughout the world! Birthstones are specific gemstones that are linked to a person’s zodiac sign or month of birth. While every zodiac sign has specific correspondences that align with their own birthstones, many people follow birthstones that are tied to an overall month, instead. These different modes of thought and utilization can depend on which modality resonates more with you. Because gemstones have unique colors, shapes, and compositions, they often have a spectrum of meanings that people can draw upon. Over time, people began to believe that certain gemstones vibrate at certain frequencies and thus attract particular energies, powers, and experiences to anyone who wears them. While people nowadays of any socioeconomic status may wear gemstones, in ancient times, they were often worn specifically by those in power, such as elite classes, spiritual gurus, or notable public figures. In the present day, people often wear gemstones, regardless if they believe they possess any mystical or spiritual value.
How can you use a birthstone?
When it comes to fashion, luxury, and expression, there are many ways to integrate birthstones into your life! When it comes to jewelry, many people worldwide use them in rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and watches. Often birthstones are inlaid into them. However, there are more ways to use them, too, such as in interior design or décor. If you’d like to harness their energy, some people like to meditate with them, keep them on sacred altars, or charge them beneath moonlight. Crystal grids are another popular way of using them for both spiritual and aesthetic beauty.
What month is the ruby birthstone connected to? Is it the only birthstone for this month?
The ruby is connected to the month of July. When it comes to the zodiac signs associated with this month, Cancer goes from July 1 until July 22. Cancer is a Water sign. From July 22 until July 31, the sun moves through Leo, which is a Fire sign. Cancers are also associated with the following gemstones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Rose Quartz, Pearl, Chalcedony, and Aventurine. Leos are also associated with the following gemstones: Onyx, Peridot, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Garnet, Diamond, Topaz, Pyrite, and Jasper.
The importance of the color of the ruby
The first thing people often notice about the ruby is its stunning color—the red, burgundy, or magenta color. Because of it’s reddish tone, it was often related to the idea of blood. Chromium is the trace element that is within it, a variety of the mineral corundum. If exposed to sunlight, the ultraviolet rays can make the corundum glow! This has made people fascinated by its potential mystical nature.
Some cultures labeled the ruby as “the king of the precious stones.”
The meaning and symbolism of the ruby
Throughout time, rubies have been tied to power, protection, wealth, and glory. Passion, commitment, and love have also been key themes when giving or receiving a ruby. Some cultures believed that it would protect the wearer from illness and misfortune, warding off attacks and obstacles.
Today, mystics think that rubies can increase one’s vitality, motivation, and energy. This can expand one’s creativity, encouragement, or ideas to conquer one’s goals. It has also been tied to youth, power, and retaining youth into old age.
What energy and powers does a ruby have?
Because of its reddish color, ancient people often thought that rubies could stop bleeding, deflate inflammation, and increase body warmth. However, we know that this is not true. In another sense, ruby is considered to align with protection and invincibility. This is why people to this day also believe that a ruby can grant one eternal protection from destruction, disease, pain, hardship, and misfortune.
It was also once believed that if someone wore a ruby on their heart side, they would live peacefully forever.
The history of the ruby
Since ancient times, rubies have been one of the most sought after precious stones. Their clarity and beauty have been coveted by many cultures. Records report that as early as 200 B.C., rubies were traded along the North Silk Road in ancient China. While several red gems were all labeled “rubies” in ancient times, it wasn’t until 1800 when people found out there were many varieties of reddish stone—such as spinels. In medieval times, European royalty and the upper classes wildly pursued rubies for their connection to wealth, love, and health.
Some people—particularly emperors—also believed that rubies could grant rebirth, as well as a peaceful civilization alongside enemies.
Warriors throughout history have also worn rubies in their breastplates, integrated them into their swords, and worn them in armor.
Rubies are one of the rarest gemstones in the entire world. They are most commonly exported from Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mozambique, and in small portions of the United States.
Rubies have a 9.0 Mohs hardness rating and trail only diamonds on the hardest naturally occurring gemstones on planet Earth.
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