Ruby: As the birthstone for July, ruby is the precious red gemstone variety of the mineral corundum. It owes its color to the trace element chromium and can vary from a deep crimson or purple-red to a pale rose. The finest specimens (from Myanmar, usually) are unimaginably rare and it can take many years to assemble enough material to create a single piece of jewelry.
Metaphysical Properties: A protective, healing stone with regal associations, ruby is symbolic of passion, making it the perfect expression of romantic love. It can also attract wealth and prosperity, increase your capacity for knowledge and intellect, and stimulate creativity.
Origin: India, Madagascar, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma)