July Birthstone: Ruby

Birthstones have been popular since the 8 th century, many people choosing to wear their birthstone, set within a piece of jewellery.

The experienced design team at ASR Gems love the opportunity to incorporate birthstones into a custom designed piece of bespoke jewellery. From pendants to earrings, eternity rings to engagement rings we are here to guide our clients on every step of their jewellery design journey, working with them to create a piece that perfectly complements their birthstone, whether it be a diamond, emerald, sapphire or another gemstone entirely.

July is coming to an end but before it does we thought we would share with you a little history of the birthstone for this this month, Ruby.


Often referred to as the king of precious gemstones, Ruby with its vibrant red colouring is symbolic of passion and energy and is said to bring love and success to those who wear it.

Back in 1870 Tiffany & Co published the following poem to celebrate the Ruby as the birthstone for July but sadly nobody knows who wrote it.

The glowing ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Then they’ll be exempt and free
From love’s doubts and anxiety.

Ranging from pink to blood-red, the name Ruby comes from the Latin Ruber meaning red and is one of the original cardinal gemstones, alongside diamonds, amethysts, sapphires and emeralds.

Rubies have a high hardness level, being beaten only by diamonds, making them excellent additions to custom pieces of jewellery that will see regular wear, including for example engagement and eternity rings.

Majority of rubies found today come from Southeast Asia and Africa, with some of the finest rubies found, uncovered in the Mogok mines of Myanmar.

One of the earliest records of transporting rubies in literature is from 200 BC noting the transportation of rubies westward along the North Silk Road of China.

It was believed by the ancient Hindus that a ruby was capable of protecting the wearer from evil. They also believed sapphires to be unripe rubies and therefore understanding that if a sapphire was buried it would ventually transform into a ruby that would go on to support the health of the wearer, promoting both physical and mental health.

Over the year’s rubies have proved a popular gemstone choice to the addition of bespoke engagement rings, particularly in halo and twist ring settings. Smaller rubies added to an eternity ring band or as a teardrop pendant and matching earrings are also popular choices.


When we think of rubies we think of wealth, love and the arousal of the senses. If you were born in July and would like to design your own piece of bespoke jewellery to celebrate your birthstone, or if your loved one was born during this month and you feel a custom designed piece of jewellery would make the perfect gift, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us on 0207 183 2977 or email email@asrgems.com to book your free bespoke
design consultation today.

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