What’s the Birthstone for July?

Ruby is the birthstone for July according to both the ancient and modern lists.

 

One of the most popular traditional jewellry stones, ruby is exceptionally durable. Its colors — always red — can reach vivid levels of saturation.

Fine-quality rubies are some of the most expensive gemstones.  However, rubies are also subjected to more treatments than almost any other gem.

Colour: All varieties of red, from pinkish, purplish, orangey, brownish, to dark red.

Crystallography: Hexagonal

Hardness: 9

Sources: Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Vietnam