July Birthstone Jewelry
Ruby jewelry isn't just July birthstone jewelry, but some people love adorning themselves according to their birthstones. Birthstones were originally based upon religious and spiritual significances, such as Aaron’s breastplate in the Bible. This significance changed in the Western world as information became confused, so in 1912, birthstones were standardized, giving us the list we know today. You probably know yours. Ruby birthstones used to be associated with December, but got bumped up to July.
Ruby Birthstone Symbolism
Ruby birthstones symbolize passion, power, courage and love. Some believe they ward off evil, and rubies are nicknamed “king of gems” because of their royal red color and because they were used in crowns. Many used to believe that rubies gifted their wearer with confidence, success and love.
July Birthstone Jewelry
Rubies make beautiful jewelry, whether you are a July birthday with a bling aesthetic, or are simply attracted to their luminous beauty. Qualities which make a ruby gemstone valuable include their color, cut, clarity and carat, but rubies are also favored because they are one of the hardest gems—there are only two natural gems harder, including diamonds. Rubies vary in color, ranging from pinks to reds nearly as dark as garnets. In the past century or so, United States jewelers and mining companies have begun to distinguish between rubies and pink sapphires—pink sapphires are lightly colored rubies, and it can be hard to draw the line. Ruby birthstone jewelry makes a great gift for a July birthday. Rubies are often set in white gold or silver, as many prefer the silver color next to the red. Diamonds and rubies are frequently paired for an elegant, romantic look. Due to their red and pink hues, rubies are popular in Valentine’s day jewelry. Popular ruby jewelry includes rings, necklaces and earrings. Oval cuts and Cushion cuts are the most common, though you will also see Emerald cuts and Brilliant cuts, and even mixed cuts.
Ruby Jewelry Trends
Recent trends have given rise to jewelry featuring smaller gems and more delicate metal-work, especially in rings, and earrings.With the resurgence in vintage fashion, antique and retro-style jewelry pieces are popular. Rubies offer timeless class, romantic elegance, and resplendent color. Whatever your personal style is, there is a ruby piece out there for you.