The red hot month of July is almost upon us and with it comes a new birthstone.
Partly because of their red color, rubies have always been associated with romance, love and red hot passion. Ancient people believed that they were also a symbol of courage and bravery.
The finest rubies are rarer than diamonds. You'll probably only see them on celebrity July babies like Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen, Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Simpson.
Rubies rate a 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale (Diamonds are a 10), so it is one that can be worn everyday without too much worry about damaging it.
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