One of the world's most highly prized gemstones, the deep red ruby is the birthstone for those born in July. Rubies are the red variation of the mineral corundum—all other colours of corundum are classified as sapphires. This visually arresting gemstone commands immediate attention when set as birthstone jewellery and makes a spectacular gift for the people you love.
The Ancient Queen of Gems
The ruby has been a beloved gemstone among many cultures for its vivid and alluring colour. In ancient India, it was known as the ""king of gems"" for its rarity, beauty and hardness. Burmese warriors wore rubies into battle to make themselves invincible, and Medieval Europeans donned them to help ensure success in love.
Ruby's Birthstone History
A favored gem throughout time and across cultures, rivaless ruby has been both the traditional and modern birthstone for July. Ruby's status was cemented officially as the July birthstone in 1912 when the National Association of Jewellers released the modern birthstone list.
A Fiery and Passionate Stone
The crimson colour of the ruby has long connected the stone to passion, devotion and energy. Many cultures have viewed it as a symbol of life itself and used it as a talisman for attracting good health and prosperity. The modern birthstone meaning of the ruby also includes wisdom to help guide the wearer on the right path.
Shop Popular Ruby Jewellery
Gifting Inspiration for the July Birthstone
Ruby jewellery is a thoughtful and meaningful present that any recipient is sure to cherish. The ravishing ruby is a statement-making stone that always leaves a big impact, making it the perfect gift for many special occasions.
A Symbol of Your Adoration
The red ruby is a deeply romantic gemstone that looks stunning in an engagement ring. The gemstone’s dramatic red colour symbolizes love and its luminous sparkle instantly catches the eye. Rubies are often paired with accent diamonds to further enhance the shine and brilliance of a ruby engagement ring, and they are available in a variety of settings.
A Birthstone Birthday Gift
Celebrate a July birthday with a breathtaking pair of ruby earrings that let the recipient show off their striking birthstone in style. Find everything from timeless studs and elegant drop earrings to bold hoops and extravagant ruby and diamond cluster earrings.
Gifts for Mom
A gleaming ruby necklace is an excellent gift for Mother's Day, serving as an expression of your love and gratitude. Our selection includes pendant-style necklaces with a central ruby accented by diamonds, as well as graduated ruby and diamond necklaces with several scintillating stones
Celebrate Someone Special
Ruby jewellery in all styles and designs is a wonderful present for important occasions like graduations, weddings, anniversaries and other major events. Give the gift of a ruby necklace, a pair of ruby earrings or an exquisite ruby bracelet to mark any milestone.
Keep Your Ruby Jewellery Looking Beautiful for a Lifetime
- Maintaining the colour and shimmer of your ruby jewellery requires some simple and routine gemstone care.
- A soak in warm and soapy water followed by a gentle scrub with a soft brush will get it cleaned right up.
- Over time, your jewellery may need a deeper cleaning or some small repairs.
- Thoroughly rinse your garnet jewellery and then pat dry with a clean, dry cloth.
- We provide free cleaning and repair services to restore your gemstone jewellery and keep you wearing it for years to come.
Learn More About Gemstones
Whether you’re looking for yourself or searching for a gift for someone you love, the radiant ruby makes a brilliant addition to any jewellery collection. Learn about more gemstones and the beautiful jewellery options they offer.
Explore Education by Category
- Amethyst Engagement RingsAquamarine Engagement RingsEmerald Engagement RingsMoonstone Engagement RingsMorganite Engagement RingsOpal Engagement RingsPink Sapphire Engagement RingsRuby Engagement RingsSapphire Engagement RingsTanzanite Engagement RingsTopaz Engagement RingsAll Gemstone Engagement Ring Guides
Only at Blue Nile
When it comes to celebrations we strive to make your experience as brilliant as our jewellery with the perfect pieces for every occasion.
Visit a Showroom
Meet our personal jewellers, explore bestselling styles, pick up an online order, arrange to preview something from our online collection and so much more.
Schedule an Appointment
Book a fun and interactive appointment with a diamond expert and get up-close views of diamond and jewellery options from the comfort of your own home.
The highest-quality design at a great price.
Peace of Mind
30-day returns, diamond price-match guarantee and more.
The original online jeweller since 1999.
The perfect pieces for every occasion.