There are five birthstones for the month of July and these are ruby, sardonyx, onyx, carnelian, and sapphire.
Rubies represent wisdom, love, and health. It is the king of gems since it is the most valuable gemstone. Its value increases according to its quality and color. Ancient civilizations believed that wearing a red ruby will bring good fortune. The term ruby came from the Latin word ruber meaning red. It is the top choice for those who are in power and in love. Rubies were also believed to have the ability to preserve physical and mental health. During the middle ages, this birthstone was considered as the stone of prophecy and courage. The important elements of rubies are fire and blood. It is said that it has the ability to preserve vital life forces and improve vigor and energy.
Ever since 800 BC, sapphire has been recognized as a prized gemstone. The term sapphire came from the Greek word “sapheiros” and the Latin word “saphirus” which means blue. It is the symbol of heavens, bestower of truth, guardian of innocence, preserver of purity and promoter of good health. Many believed that this gemstone brings inner peace, fulfillment, prosperity, beauty, and joy. Others use it to prevent illness while others treat it as protection during travels. Sapphire gives energy that promotes motivation, encourages a positive outlook on life and gives direction towards achieving self-fulfillment.
Black onyx represents the anniversary gemstone for couples who are celebrating 10 years of marriage. Onyx is believed to bring protective magic, safety, and reduced sexual desires. It also represents the idea that death does not exist thus it is associated with the wheel of birth, death, and rebirth. The concept of no separation, because there is always a reunion, is inspired in this birthstone.
Onyx is very powerful because it provides a way for psychic contact to the dead. It aids future life development and eliminates spirit possessions. In modern time, onyx is believed to be the bringer of strength, increased vigor, self-control, and stamina.
The term Sardonyx was coined from the Greek word that means “reddish-brown” and the word onyx meaning “veined gem.” Sardonyx is believed to stimulate sensory organs and increase the perception of the senses. It regulates overall body activities and helps in waste elimination. Sardonyx also repairs damaged bones and increases the strength of the immune system. It is also said that Sardonyx provides a hopeful attitude, self-confidence, and stability.
Carnelian rejuvenates vitality and promotes creativity. It also brings courage, supports good life choices, and encourages success. Carnelian is useful in overcoming any form of abuse. It also brings self-confidence, clarifies perception, and enhances analytical abilities. It hones concentration and prevents mental sluggishness. Apart from that, this birthstone prevents negative conditioning and it allows positivity. It is believed to ward off rage, envy, and resentment. Carnelian is said to increase fertility and sexual desires.