Ruby, July's birthstone, symbolizes the following:
The name "Ruby" is derived from the Latin "ruber" meaning "red." The Ruby comes from part of a family of minerals called the Corundum, encompassing Sapphires. The Ruby is only differentiated from the Sapphire by its red color. The Ruby has a range of hues, from pink to blood-red, a variety of the mineral corundum or aluminium oxide. The Ruby is considered one of the four precious stones along with the Diamond, Emerald, and Sapphire.
Aside from the Diamond, the Ruby is harder than any natural gemstone, which means it is durable enough for everyday wear. A true Ruby is extremely rare, and the specific color of the gem is vital to its value.
Rubies have historically been mined in Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, but most recently large Ruby deposits have been found under the receding ice shelf of Greenland.
Physically, Rubies are believed to energize and bring balance to the body as well as stimulate the heart. Emotionally, the stone is believed to motivate the wearer to accomplish goals, promote leadership skills, and achieve wealth. The Ruby is believed to aid wearers in making important life decisions, particularly financial decisions.
The stone was featured in the famous children's movie, The Wizard of Oz, with the the main character's shoes made of red Ruby slippers. According to sources, the casting director was fascinated by the stone and wanted the Ruby featured in his movie.