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July Birthstone: The Ruby

Jesus Christ came into my prison cell last night, and every stone flashed like a ruby. Samuel Rutherford

When it comes to colored gemstones, ruby reigns supreme. Known as the “King of Gemstones,” it’s hard not to come under the rule of ruby’s fiery red color. Ruby takes its name from the Latin word for red, rubens. This is the ruby’s dominant and defining characteristic. Though it’s fiery color may be tinged with other secondary hues like orange, purple, or pink, this passionate stone is always a striking crimson.

A ruby is nearly as hard as a diamond, rating 9.0 to the diamond’s 10.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness. When grading rubies, gemologists look for the same qualities that define value in a diamond—cut, clarity, carat weight, and color.

History And Significance

While ruby has long been legendary for its love-inspiring qualities, it also holds great biblical significance. Rubies were present in the Garden of Eden and later the ruby was one of the twelve stones that represented the tribes of Israel. Rubies adorned the garments of the priests that served in the temple.

Later God comforts his people Israel in their distress with his eternal covenant of peace as he says, “Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, and your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones…”

In Biblical times rubies were also used in bartering and trade. Foreign nations like Aram traded rubies for Israel’s other goods. In addition to its historical importance, the ruby is also a stunning expression of God’s creativity in the natural world. There is nothing more vibrant or captivating than the natural products of his own hand.

Our Most Radiant Ruby Jewelry

Ruby Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold. Celebrate a very special July birthday with these exquisite ruby solitaires. Apples of Gold gemstone solitaire jewelry lets you customize to your style and budget. The stones are available in three sizes: 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm. Choose a 14K white gold post as shown above, or 14K yellow gold, or platinum. These earrings are perfect for the object of your special affections or as a young woman’s first piece of birthstone jewelry. Simple, yet stunning, these stud earrings are perfect for women of all ages.

14K White Gold Floral Ruby Cross Pendant. Give a piece of jewelry that not only complements that beauty of the wearer, but also expresses the beauty of her Christian faith. The Floral Ruby Cross Pendant features four ruby stones set on an intricately patterned 14K white gold cross. This is a gift she is sure to cherish.

Ruby Gemstone Solitaire Ring in 14K White Gold. Like our solitaire earrings, the Ruby Solitaire Ring is matched to your specifications. A fashionable match to the stud earrings, this ruby ring is also available in 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm sizes. The gemstone rating is AA.

Looking for a non-traditional engagement ring? Rubies have become a popular stone in wedding jewelry. For the bold woman who desires something a little different, and yet no less dazzling, the ruby is the stone of choice. And nothing says love and romance like this stone’s flaming red shade. A ruby is also a great value! Click HERE to view the Apples of Gold collection of ruby rings.


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