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Friday, July 09, 2010

Rubies are Red

The gleaming ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.
-Gregorian Birthstone Poem

Happy Birthday July! It sure is hot out there—maybe a nice pool party would be just the right way to celebrate your birthday this year! It is almost too appropriate that your birthstone, Ruby, allegedly has an internal flame that can’t be extinguished in this seemingly never-ending heat. 

With its alleged internal flame, the ruby represents love and passion.  Just like all you July birthdays, the Ruby has been considered extra special throughout the ages! It was called “Rajnapura” or “King of Gems” by ancient Hindus and was thought to have magical powers.  Worn by ancient royalty as a talisman against evil, these royals believed that the Ruby would grow darker when the wearer was in danger and return to its original color when the danger had passed.  On a more violent note, Ancient tribes actually used Rubies as bullets for blowguns (what a waste of all those precious gems!).

Rubies also represent heat and power.  Folklore says that a pot of water will boil instantly if a Ruby is tossed into it.  When ground into a powder and placed on the tongue Ruby was also said to cure indigestion (not recommended!).  As a gift, Rubies symbolize everlasting love and make a gorgeous gift to someone really special.  Ancient legend even says that when worn on the left hand, the Ruby will bring good luck to its wearer.  

Happy birthday to July babies - Judith Altman included!

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