“A drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth”
Rubies, the July Birthstone, are one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones. They have been called “a drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth.” “Pigeon’s blood” or “dove’s blood” are two more nicknames for this deep, fiery, passionate stone.
Symbolism & Folklore
Origins & Characteristics
The word ruby comes from the Latin word “ruber,” meaning red. Rubies are found in India, Thailand, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Tanzania, Mozambique, among others. The highest quality rubies come from Burma. Rubies are part of the mineral family called Corundum, which also includes Sapphires. In fact, the only difference between ruby and sapphire is color. Rubies can range from pink to rich blood red, with the latter being the most desired.