Ruby is the beautiful birthstone of July. Ruby is what is known as a precious stone and has been very highly valued throughout history. It is known as the king of precious stones.
The ruby is among the most highly prized of gemstones due to its hardness, lustre and rarity; large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires, therefore their value increases with size more than any other gemstone. Due to ruby's inextinguishable inner fire, ruby is thought to be a symbol of courage and power.
Birthstones are shrouded in myth and legend – they're traditionally believed to bring good luck and therapeutic powers. It was thought that wearing the gemstone during its associated month helped to enhance its abilities, the idea being that you should own all 12 and wear each one depending on the time of year.