July Birthstone Jewelry - The Ruby

The ruby is the second hardest natural gemstone, with only diamonds being harder. In addition to being the July birthstone, rubies are traditional gifts for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.


The ruby was regarded in ancient India as “king of precious stones” for its beauty, rarity, and seemingly mystical powers. In other cultures, it was believed the birthstone for July could protect its wearer from evil, predict misfortune or danger, or could even cure inflammatory diseases. It has also been associated with ancient beliefs of amplified energy, courage, and success in wealth, battle and love.


Ruby, the red variety of the mineral corundum, gets it color from the element chromium. Rubies are known for their red color, which can range from pale rose red to deep blood red.


Derived from the Latin word for red, rubies symbolize love, energy, success, and passion.

Latest Arrivals - July Birthstone Jewelry

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A beautiful rich .40ct red natural ruby is nestled between lovely old mine cut diamonds with a total weight of .80cts. The setting is a buttery 18k yellow gold with each of the three gems set in platinum. The classic design of this circa 1950's ring gives it a timeless beauty and it will pair nicely with a wedding band. The diamonds predate 1900, it was and still is common to reset family stones which is the likely case with these antique diamonds.

Details.....Currently a size 7.5, one free sizing is included with the purchase. The ring measures 13.5mm x 5.7mmat the gem set top. And 2mm at the band. Very Good Vintage Condition, the ruby has some light wear. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique jewels, we consider it part of the charm.

Check out our conversion chart for ring size conversions from US/Canada into British, European, German, and Japanese sizing.

Layaway available, contact us for details.

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This new design by Carley is a perfect layering piece. She chooses a complementary group of Natural Gemstones and combines them in an arc. Well crafted and delicate, I'm sure you'll find yourself wearing yours every day as I do mine.

As each Necklace is made to order they may vary slightly from the picture. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for these to be made especially for you.

If you would like more details please contact us.

All of our pieces arrive in a box suitable for gifting

Materials: 14k white gold, and natural Sapphires, Rubies & Tourmaline in varying shades.

Measurements: The Length, 17". The arc 1".

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A group of Natural Red Rubies in graduating sizes are the focal point of this bracelet, they are attached to a 14k White Gold Chain. The clasp is a spring style ring with 2 more rubies adorning it and one more Ruby hanging pendant style when it is clasped. The row of rubies measures 29mm long, The bracelet can be ordered in 6", 6.5", or 7" length. Just measure your wrist and we will calculate the correct length for you.

Each bracelet is handmade to order and may vary slightly. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for these to be made especially for you.

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Elegant Signature Packaging Included

Elegant Signature Packaging Included

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"I adore my ring (1940s white gold with diamonds and lab sapphires) and can't wait to come in and have it sized with y'all. Thank you again. You made one of the happiest events of my life even more special with your incredible product. All the best,"

Kate & Derek

15 SEP 2018, 8:42

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Kelly Smith

20 MAR 2019, 12:21

"I saw a ring I loved online and asked a ton of questions via Facebook messenger. They were so responsive and helpful! The whole process was so simple and the ring was shipped in no time. It's BEAUTIFUL! It fits just perfectly and I couldn't be happier! Thank you!"

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15 SEP 2017, 14:42

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