The Gem That Glows Like Fire – The Ruby

Happy birthday to all those born in July! July’s birthstone is the ruby, a fiery, red gem. The ruby is symbolic of passion, protection and prosperity. Despite being the hardest stone other than diamonds, rubies are prone to fractures and so large stones are very rare and can be more expensive than similar sized diamonds. To increase their strength, most rubies are heat treated which also improves their color.

In addition to being July’s birthstone, the ruby is also the traditional gift for celebrating 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. And rubies are more than just beautiful gems, their strength and red fluorescence or fiery glow make them ideal for use in lasers, watches and medical devices.

So whether you are looking for a gift for your spouse to celebrate a milestone anniversary or for someone with a July birthday, stop in to Bridgewaters to find just the right piece.