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July - Ruby

Characteristics

The ruby, birthstone for July, is among the most highly prized of gemstones. Large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. As a result, rubies’ value increases with size more than any other gemstone. Along with its close relative, the sapphire, the ruby is a form of the mineral corundum, which is normally drab and grey in color. Red gemstone corundum is called ruby. All other gemstone corundum colors – orange, yellow, brown, green, blue, purple, violet, black, and colorless – are called sapphires.

History

The Mogok valley of Upper Burma is famous as the source for the finest and rarest rubies of all, know as “pigeon’s blood” for the stones’ intense red color. Another major source of rubies is Thailand, well-known for dark, brownish-red rubies. In the Orient, rubies were once believed to contain the spark of life – “a deep drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth,” according to ancient Eastern legends. Ancient Asian stories tell that the ruby was self-luminous. They called it “glowing stone” or “lamp stone.” It’s said that an Emperor of China once used a large ruby to light his chamber, where it glowed as bright as day.

Mystical Properties

Ruby stones are stones of love, passion, vitality and power. A ruby stone benefits those in particular who are leaders, both secular and religious. As well as those who aspire to become a leader.It gives guidance when making decisions and helps to fulfill your dreams even if that means changing the world.

A ruby stone encourages you to listen to your heart and work on fulfilling your dreams. Bringing awareness to points where you could improve yourself, thus aiding in self improvement. Because the ruby is a stone of power and vitality its healing powers of ruby helps with every part of the human body. In particular with heart problems, the circulation of blood and the liver. It can help ward of fever by cleansing the blood…

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