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July Birthstone - Ruby

Ruby is the July birthstone. The ruby is a lovely red gemstone and has been a favorite since ancient times. The ruby is said to be a gem of passion and promotes balance in love and all spiritual undertakings. The ruby has also been said to promote health and courage.

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The gemstone ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum. Ruby is actually rare and one of the most precious and valuable gemstones. Rubies are the second hardest gemstone, after diamonds. Ruby is said to represent the sun.

The most popular ruby color is deep vivid red to slightly purple red. The best source for rubies is Burma. Burmese rubies are very well known for their pigeon blood color. These particular rubies come from Mogok in Upper Burma. Today any ruby that has a deep, rich color is called a Burmese Ruby. Thailand is also well known for its dark red rubies.

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