Ruby is the gemstone associated with those born in July - and is one of the most coveted pieces of jewelry. The name is derived from the Latin word ruber , which means "red" - the color of love and passion. Few things attract attention like the birthstone of ruby. The best birthstone color for July is a deep red with a hint of purple, called "pigeon blood" in the trade. A variety of the mineral corundum, ruby gets its color from traces of the element chromium. The more chromium, the stronger the red.
Besides being the stone of July, ruby is traditionally given to the 15 º e 40 º wedding anniversary.
Also associated with the Ruby is the sign of Cancer in the Zodiac.
Our search for the July birthstone begins in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), one of the oldest recorded sources of fine rubies. For more than five centuries, the Mogok area of Myanmar has produced some of the most sought-after rubies - vibrant red beauties softened by light scattering inclusions and a bright red fluorescence. The area is a place of weathered marble and ancient Buddhist temples.
Since the end of the 20th º century, Vietnam has been another important source for July stone.
Mozambique is an important new source for the July birthstone. This African nation is home to the prolific mines of Montepuez. The rubies found there have been compared to the famous Mogok jewels.
For many years in the late 1900s, ruby deposits along the border between Thailand and Cambodia were the main source of rubies on the market. Other important producers of the July birthstone include Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar.