Did you know? Derived from the Latin word 'ruber' (meaning red), rubies were called the 'King of Gems' by ancient Hindus.
Rare, unique and valuable, the ruby is one of the most sought-after gemstones after diamonds. Unusually for a precious gemstone, the natural imperfections can actually increase the value and are used to confirm a ruby's authenticity.
What is the birthstone for Cancer?
The Cancer birthstone is ruby, for those with the Zodiac sign of Cancer (22nd June - 22nd July). Symbolised by the Crab, Cancers have a hard exterior which protects an emotive, inner beauty - just like the ruby.
Cancers also connect with pearls, emeralds, sapphires and moonstones.
A ruby will make a wow-worthy addition to any jewellery box, perfect for showing your love for someone born in July or celebrating a special wedding anniversary; the ruby marks 40 years of marriage.
For those looking for something a little different, ruby engagement rings and ruby wedding rings are a striking and beautiful choice.