July Birthstone - RubyThe finest known rubies come from Burma, although Sri Lanka also produces rubies. Rubies are the hardest gem after diamonds.

The ruby was believed to exert powerful forces. It could guard a home or orchards against storms, as well as preserving mental and physical health. It was also believed to control passion, reconcile disputes and cure certain illnesses if taken internally.

Pure corundum is colorless. The red color of ruby is due to chromium. A gem can be called ruby only if it is corundum of a red or purple-red hue and medium or dark in shade.

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