Happy birthday to our July readers and customers. Ever hear about your birthstone? Here is some information all about July’s birthstones. If you want to know ALL of the birthstones, history, and meaning of birthstones, read “Do you know your birthstone and its meaning”?
July is a lucky birthday with multiple birthstones to choose from — Ruby, Sapphire, Carnelian, Onyx, Sardonyx, and Turquoise. Here are descriptions of each stone.
Ruby means red in its origin in the Latin language. Rubies represent love, health, and wisdom and are considered the king of gemstones. Ruby translates to ratnaraj in ancient Sanskrit, which meant “king of precious stones.” A Ruby is the most valuable gemstone, and its value increases based on its color and quality.
Several centuries ago, people were not aware of today’s scientific classification of minerals, and the Ruby category had to include many other mineral types, including spinel, garnet, and tourmaline of red color.
The chemical composition of Ruby is aluminum oxide. This is the well-known mineral family of corundum, which basically has two most distinguished members: Ruby and Sapphire. Only the red corundum specimens are called Rubies, all the other colors, including blue, green, brown, yellow, purple, and black, are Sapphires. Myanmar is the country of origin of the most delicate and highly valued rubies with color that resembles pigeon’s blood. Thailand is another famous location for quality Rubies.
Large sized quality rubies are very rare, and one would have to pay top dollar to acquire them, which is why the value of a Ruby increases with size almost exponentially. This stone measures nine on the Mohs scale and is tough and durable. Diamond is the only natural gemstone harder than Ruby.
Carnelian is also considered July birthstone. Carnelian comes in red, yellow, orange, and brown colors. It can be stripped in part and is usually polished to a higher luster. Carnelian is a variety of Chalcedony capable of boosting energy and passion. It also brings psychic vitality and joy.
Another traditional birthstone for July is Onyx. Onyx has a wide span of colors which are red, gray, black, white, blue, yellow, purple, or even brown. It is a great grounding and protective stone. Sardonyx is a variety of banded Onyx.
In some Eastern traditions, Sapphire is considered a July birthstone. It promotes peace and calm and is often referred to as a stone of destiny. It symbolizes truth and honesty. It helps us improve our communication and release our depressive mood. It brings clarity and clear mental perception.
Sardonyx is a variety of the silica mineral called chalcedony. Sardonyx stones usually contain flat-banded, white and brownish-red bands. The word Sardonyx is derived from the Greek, sard meaning “reddish brown,” and onyx meaning “veined gem.” The best stones are found in India.
The main birthstone for July is Turquoise. The color of Turquoise is cyan green. The healing properties of this stone include preventing panic attacks and destructive behavior, providing strength, and treating psychological traumas. It brings sensitivity, judgment, and clarity.
Here is a look through the calendar months to learn a bit more about each of these birthstones as described by the American Gem Society.
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