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Traditional and Modern July Birthstone: Ruby
The name “ruby” comes from rubeus, the Latin word for red. In ancient Sanskrit the word for ruby was "ratnaraj", which translates to “king of precious stones" and rubies have adorned many crowns throughout history due to their association with prosperity, courage and good fortune.
Ancient Hindus believed that those in possession of a ruby would be afforded protection and safety.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, rubies sourced from Burma’s Mogok region became extremely popular, and they remain highly sought-after today.
In the 1800s French jewellers referred to ruby as ‘the dearly loved stone’ due to its deep red colour and its ties to love, passion and raw emotion. Ruby jewellery is a traditional gift for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. 
Today natural rubies are primarily sourced from Burma (now Myanmar), but they can also be found in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Afghanistan, Tanganyika (Tanzania), and North Carolina. 

Birth Flower(s): Larkspur and Water Lily

Celtic Birth Tree(s): Oak and Holly

Star Sign: Cancer and Leo

Inspirational people who were born in July: Frida Kahlo | Emmeline Pankhurst | Henry David Thoreau | Nelson Mandela

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