Ruby is the birthstone for July. Ruby is the red variety of the mineral Corundum. All other colors of Corundum are considered Sapphires.

Locations: India, Madagascar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Kenya, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Tanzania

Hardness: 9

Astrological sign of: Leo, Scorpio, Cancer & Sagittarius

Ruby stimulates the loving emotional side toward nurturing, bringing spiritual wisdom, health knowledge and wealth. It can improve ones success in controversies, encouraging gentleness and discouraging violence. It is an excellent shielding stone, protecting on all levels. Ruby is said to protect the wearer against unhappiness, distressing dreams, and lightening. It encourages one to follow their bliss. It is said that ruby will light the darkness of ones life, creating a spark of light, conquering darkness on all levels.