Welcome to the month of the ruby.
That is, if you care about birthstones and other such mystical concepts. If not, the precious gemstone still has the power to captivate, as it has for centuries. That’s mostly thanks to its rich, blood-red hue, which has meant many things over time: love, passion, joy, vitality, wealth and success, among others.
Unsurprisingly, the ruby has been prized by both ancient Indian royalty and Hollywood royalty (Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich both kept vast collections). The cream of the crimson crop often comes from Myanmar and is known as the Ratnaraj, which is Sanskrit for “king of gemstones”.
Still, you don’t need to know your history to know that a ruby jewellery piece is a worthy addition to anyone’s collections. Above, we’ve rounded up elegant designs featuring the July birthstone to consider adding to yours.
This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore.
(Featured image: Getty Images via Lifestyle Asia Singapore)