Ruby is the birthstone associated with July. The name is derived from the Latin word ruber, meaning “red”, the color of love and passion.
The finest color of the birthstone for July is a deep red with a hint of purple, called “pigeon’s blood” in the trade. It is a corundum, i.e. a red sapphire.
During the Middle Ages, rubies were believed to prevent death by poison or plague.
Extra gemstones for July are Topaz, Agate and Beryl as Cancer celestial birth gems.
Amber is the high priest July birthstone.