The ruby is the birthstone for July. Like the heat of July this gemstone is a fiery red, or a variation of it. It’s rich color brings to thought love and passion. Throughout history this gemstone was thought to have powers, was used for healing, and was worn by royalty to guard against evil.
“It is a variety of the mineral Corundum, and is found as crystals within metamorphic rock. Corundum is the second hardest mineral, after Diamond.” http://www.about-birthstones.com/julybirthstone.html
Worry beads have several uses in Greek culture, including:
- relaxation, enjoyment, and generally passing the time
- as an amulet, to guard against bad luck
- used by people who wish to limit smoking
- as a mark of power and social prestige. This is especially true in the case of expensive worry beads made of silver or amber.
Whether used in jewelry, soap (like pictured below), or various other products the bright ruby red is an enduring gem emulated in a variety of ways.
Ruby Solid Colour Shawl Pashmina Scarf Wrap Shawls
Maroon – Vintage paint bottle with original label, sealed/preserved (Dr. Martin’s Maroon) with deep red vintage glass beads on 20-21″ copper chain.
Valentine’s is right around the corner don’t forget to put a little romance in your gift with the color of ruby!