The July birthstone, ruby, gets its name from the Latin word “ruber” meaning red. The finest color is a deep red with a hint of purple called “pigeon’s blood” in the jewelry trade. Rubies are also the second hardest stone with only diamonds surpassing them.
Rubies are symbolic of passion, protection and prosperity. Early cultures believed rubies held the power of life due to its color association with blood. Rubies were believed to protect warriors in battle and warriors adorned their armor with them and placed them inside their bodies to create invincibility. European royalty and upper classes sought these gems to showcase their wealth and wore them to guarantee health, wealth, wisdom and success in love.
The largest ruby in the world is the 125West which is 18,696 carats. The stone is rough, not yet cut or polished. The Neelanjali Ruby is a star ruby with two stars that criss-cross in the gem’s center. It is 1370 carats and worth about $100 million.
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