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Ruby: The July Birthstone and 40th Wedding Anniversary Gem

Ruby The July Birthstone

Rubies, with their captivating red hue and rich history, are not just beautiful stones but also carry deep symbolism. Celebrated as the birthstone for July and the gemstone for the 40th wedding anniversary, rubies are revered across cultures and throughout history. Let’s delve into the fascinating world of rubies, exploring their origins, grading criteria, historical significance, and the myths surrounding them.


Facts About Ruby

Rubies belong to the corundum mineral family, which also includes sapphires. The vibrant red colour of rubies comes from traces of chromium within the crystal structure. The most prized rubies are known for their “pigeon blood” red colour, a term used to describe a deep, pure red with a hint of blue.


Where Are Rubies Found?

Rubies are found in several locations around the globe. Historically, Myanmar (formerly Burma) has been the most famous source, known for producing some of the finest rubies. Other notable sources include Thailand, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Vietnam. Each location produces rubies with unique characteristics, influenced by the geological conditions in which they formed.


How Are Rubies Graded?

Rubies are graded based on several factors:

  • Colour: The most important aspect, with the finest rubies displaying a vivid, pure red with a subtle blue undertone.
  • Clarity: While inclusions are common in rubies, the fewer visible inclusions, the higher the value. However, inclusions that do not affect the ruby’s brilliance or transparency are often acceptable.
  • Cut: The cut of a ruby affects its brilliance and how well it reflects light. A well-cut ruby will exhibit a deep, rich colour.
  • Carat Weight: Larger rubies command greater rarity and value, though overall quality remains paramount.


A Journey Through History and Mythology

Rubies have held a place of high esteem throughout history. Ancient Burmese warriors believed that rubies made them invincible in battle. In India, rubies were referred to as the “king of precious stones” and were believed to protect their owners from danger. The Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan was known to have offered an entire city in exchange for a large ruby.


Mythology and folklore often depict rubies as symbols of passion, protection, and prosperity. Ancient Hindus believed that offering rubies to the god Krishna would grant them rebirth as emperors. Medieval Europeans wore rubies to guarantee health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love.


Symbolism of the Ruby

Rubies symbolise a range of powerful emotions and concepts:

  • Love and Passion: The intense red colour of rubies is often associated with deep love and passion, making them a perfect symbol for romantic milestones like the 40th wedding anniversary.


  • Courage and Strength: Historically believed to bestow courage upon their wearer, rubies were thought to provide protection and invincibility.


  • Energy and Vitality: The vibrant red of rubies is linked to life force and energy, symbolising vigour and zest for life.


  • Prosperity and Success: Rubies have been associated with wealth and prosperity, believed to attract good fortune and success.


Famous Rubies: Legends Encased in Stone

Throughout history, several rubies have become famous for their size, beauty, and historical significance. The Liberty Bell Ruby, discovered in East Africa in the 1950s, is the largest mined ruby in the world, weighing an astounding 8,500 carats. The Rosser Reeves Star Ruby, housed in the Smithsonian Institution, is renowned for its striking star pattern caused by asterism, and it weighs 138.7 carats. 

Another famous ruby is the DeLong Star Ruby, a 100.32-carat gemstone named after its former owner, Edith Haggin DeLong. The Sunrise Ruby, weighing 25.59 carats, holds the record for the most expensive ruby ever sold at auction, fetching $30 million in 2015 due to its exceptional colour and clarity. 

These famous rubies are not just stones but are encapsulations of history, artistry, and the enduring allure of one of nature’s most magnificent creations.


Ruby: July Birthstone & 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

At Zelley, we offer an exquisite collection of ruby jewellery in various metals and settings. Whether you’re searching for the perfect July birthstone gift, a special piece to mark a 40th wedding anniversary, or a dazzling ruby engagement ring, we have a ruby piece to match every style and budget. Explore our collection and discover the perfect ruby to celebrate life’s most precious moments.


Ruby Rings 

Choosing a ruby for an engagement ring adds a touch of stunning beauty and profound significance. 

Our Platinum Ruby & Diamond Three Stone Ring showcases a magnificent 1.17ct cushion cut ruby at the centre, complemented by a pair of brilliant cut diamonds in a classic trilogy claw setting. 

Platinum Ruby and Diamond Three Stone Ring

Alternatively, our Platinum Three Stone Ruby & Diamond Ring reverses the design, featuring a central diamond flanked by two vibrant rubies. Both designs offer unique elegance and timeless appeal.

Platinum Three Stone Ruby and Diamond Ring


If you’re celebrating 40 years of marriage, a ruby eternity ring is the ideal choice to mark this joyous milestone. Representing everlasting love and commitment, its circular design, without beginning or end, perfectly embodies the infinite love and unbroken bond shared between partners.

Our Brilliant Cut Ruby & Diamond Channel Set Eternity Ring is available in a variety of metals, including 9ct and 18ct white, yellow, and rose gold, as well as palladium and platinum. The channel setting, featuring gemstones along half of the ring, provides a sleek and modern look. 

Brilliant cut Ruby and Diamond channel set eternity ring 0.35ct

Similarly, our 18ct White Gold Princess Cut Ruby & Diamond Eternity Ring showcases 0.31ct of rubies and 0.20ct of diamonds in a refined channel setting, making it a sophisticated and elegant choice. 

18ct White Gold Princess Cut Ruby and Diamond Eternity Ring

For an alternative to an eternity ring, consider a showstopping cluster ring. Our Platinum Pear Shape Ruby & Diamond Cluster Ring features a stunning 1.05-carat pear-shaped ruby at the centre, surrounded by over half a carat of sparkling diamonds, creating a truly dazzling piece.

Platinum Pear Shape Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring

From our pre-owned collection, this stunning Platinum Ruby & Diamond Cluster Ring is truly one-of-a-kind. It features a central old-cut diamond set in a rub-over setting with exquisite millgrain detailing. Surrounding the central diamond is a row of square-cut rubies, further enhanced by an outer row of brilliant-cut diamonds, creating a truly radiant piece.

Pre Owned Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring

For a more contemporary feel, our 18ct White Gold Ruby & Diamond Bubble Ring features a modern multi-strand design, incorporating 0.95ct of rubover-set rubies and 0.20ct of diamonds.

18ct White Gold Ruby and Diamond Bubble Ring

Ruby Earrings 

For everyday elegance, nothing beats the timeless simplicity of Ruby & Diamond Stud Earrings. Crafted in 18ct white gold, they make a thoughtful and exquisite gift, especially for those celebrating a July birthday.

18ct White Gold Ruby & Diamond Stud Earrings

However, for a versatile option, indulge in the sophistication of our 18ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Hoops. These captivating hoops, adorned with gemstones along both the outer and inner edges, offer a striking style that seamlessly transitions from day to night. Designed with convenience in mind, the hinged bottom and easy-click posts ensure effortless wear.

18ct Yellow Gold Ruby and Diamond Hoop Earrings

For those special occasions that demand a touch of glamour, our 18ct White Gold Ruby & Diamond Drop Earrings are a must-have. With a rubover milgrain setting, they exude old-world charm. Each ruby is complemented by a pair of diamonds, creating a beautiful contrast.

18ct White Gold Ruby and Diamond Drop Earrings

Ruby Pendants

For a traditional ruby pendant with a twist, we love this 18ct Ruby & Diamond Halo Pendant. Crafted in 18ct gold, this pendant features a round ruby encircled by 0.04 carats of brilliant cut diamonds, arranged in a halo for a touch of celestial elegance.

18ct Yellow Gold Ruby and Diamond Halo Pendant

For everyday sophistication, our 14ct Horizontal Ruby & Diamond Bar Pendant is the perfect choice. Crafted in 14ct white gold, this pendant showcases six round rubies evenly spaced inside a sleek rectangular setting, offering understated glamour suitable for any occasion.

14ct White Gold Horizontal Ruby & Diamond Bar Pendant

For those seeking a statement piece that commands attention, look no further than our dazzling 18ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Bubble Pendant. Set with a pair of rubies and a trio of diamonds, this pendant boasts an organic design that serves as the focal point of any ensemble, radiating timeless elegance and charm.

18ct Yellow Gold Ruby and Diamond Bubble Pendant

Ruby Bracelets 


If you love the timeless elegance of an eternity ring but are running out of fingers for another ring, consider an eternity style bangle. This elegant Ruby & Diamond Bangle is channel set with round rubies and 0.34 carats of brilliant cut diamonds. Crafted from 18ct white gold, it’s narrow enough to suit even the slenderest of wrists. Designed with convenience in mind, its hinged mechanism allows for easy wear and removal, secured discreetly with a catch, making it a versatile and practical accessory for every occasion.

18ct White Gold Ruby and Diamond Bangle

For a more flexible style, we love the versatility of this Ruby & Diamond Curb Bracelet. From our pre-owned collection, it features a trio of oval rubover set rubies surrounded by diamonds on each side. This classic yet glamorous style effortlessly exudes elegance, making it a cherished addition to any collection.

Pre Owned 18ct Gold Ruby and Diamond Curb Bracelet

Celebrating with Rubies

Whether you’re born in July or celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary, rubies are a timeless and meaningful choice. Their beauty and rich symbolism make them a perfect gift, carrying messages of love, passion, and enduring commitment. When choosing a ruby, consider its colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight to find a gem that truly resonates with you.

Incorporate the fiery allure of rubies into your life and let their vibrant energy and storied past enrich your journey. Whether worn as jewellery or given as a gift, rubies are a brilliant way to celebrate significant moments.