The July birthstone is ruby. This stone is well known for being a vibrant, bright red. Sometimes called the "king of gems," the July birthstone is known for love, passion, energy, wisdom, and health. One popular legend says that rubies have the power to warn their owners of coming misfortune. Large rubies are also known for being especially rare and valuable. As July is often the hottest of the summer months in the USA, the blazing red ruby is an appropriately symbolic birthstone.
Birthstones are gems and other minerals that are associated with a month. This is a tradition that dates back to Biblical times, and through history it was customary to wear the stone associated with the current month during that time, then switch to the next birthstone during the next month. In addition, this was before stones could be identified as precisely as they can be today, so the identities of some of the original stones are unknown. It's only in the last century that the current list has been standard, and since then, it has been more appropriate to wear your birthstone all year 'round.
Learn more about birthstones and gemstone cleaning and care on our Birthstone Guide!