July's Birthstone - The Ruby

Those born in July have the opulent ruby as their birthstone. Your zodiac sign can be either Cancer (June 21-July 22) or Leo (July 23-August 22).

 

Ruby is a variety of corundum, which is then colored to a deep red coloring by chromium. The name of ruby comes from the Latin word for red, rubeus.

One of the most famous locations for rubies is the Mogok Valleyin Burma, known for its deep blood red colored rubies. You can also find rubies in the United States, Thailand, Vietnam, and India.

Not surprising, the ruby is known to represent life and blood and is known to increase courage. In fact, warriors in Burma would implant rubies into their skin before battle for protection and courage on the battlefield.