The gem of queens and kings is none other than rubies. For thousands of years, the luscious red color of July’s birthstone has signified romance, wealth, and power. When Dorothy from the classic The Wizard of Oz is told that she has had the power all along, it’s no mistake that the power the good witch was speaking of was tied to that fabulous pair of ruby red slippers.
In ancient times, rubies were seen as equally perfect for weddings and warriors in battle. In Victorian times, rubies were very popular in acrostic rings — where the first letter in ones name is spelled out.
Still prized today, they command the highest per-carat price of all colored stones. July birthday girls Jennifer Lopez, Jacqueline Kennedy, and JK Rowling have all donned rubies. The former first lady had a treasure trove of rubies including a 17.68 carat ruby ring reminiscent of Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring. READ MORE