Move over, pearl. A new month is here, which means it’s time for a new birthstone to rule.
Those born in July have the honor of calling the ever-radiant and breathtakingly beautiful ruby their own. Not only is the sight of this vibrant red stone enough to have us starry-eyed, it’s actually considered the most valued gem of all—even more than the diamond.
The ruby has been referred to as the most precious of gems since ancient times, noted in both the Bible and ancient Sanskrit writings and referred to as “a drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth” in Orient. Valued not only for its obvious physical beauty, it’s long been thought to reap a number of benefits for its wearer, from encouraging passion, courage, and energy to promoting an overall love for life. It was even once believed that when a ruby was rubbed on the skin, youth and vitality would be restored. How’s that for an anti-aging skin-care regimen?
In honor of those celebrating birthdays this month, we rounded up 14 stunning pieces of ruby jewelry. Whether serving as a thoughtful gift to an important Cancer or Leo in your life or for yourself as a talisman to promote good fortune, click through the gallery below and prepare to be entranced.