July Birthstone: The Ruby
It's July's birthstone month of the Ruby – one of the most coveted of gems. The name is derived from the Latin word ruber, meaning “red” – the colour of love and passion.
From ancient times, the Ruby signified power and vitality. It has been called "the king of gemstones." It may impart a sense of bliss, as well as encouraging a desire for life, and it will aid you by helping you to recharge your energy levels.
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The finest rubies come from Burma (Myanmar). They are also mined in Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.
The ruby gets its red coloring from the presence of the trace element chromium. A variety of the mineral corundum, rubies range in color from a deep, rich cochineal to a lighter rose red. When exposed to sunlight, the UV rays make the chromium glow.
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Myths of ancient times include that the wearer of a ruby was blessed with health, wealth, wisdom and outstanding success in heart affairs.
In terms of chakras, ruby stimulates the heart chakra, helping to balance and encourage you to follow your bliss. It is believed that ruby promotes positive dreams and clear visualisation as well as aid in retaining wealth and passion.
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