"The gleaming Ruby should adorn, All those who in July are born, For thus they'll be exempt and free, From lover's doubts and anxiety."
For those who were born in the month of July the Ruby is the traditional birthstone. The July birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Ruby is associated - Devotion, Integrity, Courage and Happiness. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the July Birthstone Ruby are Vitality, Confidence and Strength.
The word Ruby is derived from the Latin word "ruber" which means "red" reflecting the color of the stone. The Ruby is a member of the Corundum (aluminum oxide) family. Rubies are extremely hard, second only to diamonds.
The healing properties of the July birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the blood and infection and increasing positive thought patterns. The Ruby is also used to enhance energy, generosity and to bring prosperity and success.
The Color of the Ruby
The traditional color associated with the Ruby is the deep red color and was strongly favored as a popular gem in Victorian jewellery. The meaning of colors through the ages represented many aspects of life. Social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism were all reflected in the color Red! The symbolic meaning of the color red was of fire and was associated with power and importance.