Cancer is the 4th sign of the zodiac. The main birthstone for Cancer is the Ruby. Ruby is a precious red gem that means confidence. Those born between June 20th and July 22nd share the Cancer star sign.
A few others are Onyx & Turquoise but we're going to focus on Rubies for now.
So, what's the difference between a Red Sapphire & a Ruby?
...Spoiler alert: There Is NONE!
A ruby is actually the same exact type of mineral as a sapphire, except it is red. When a mineral corundum is red, it is classified as a ruby. It is the only color of corundum that is not called a sapphire. So, essentially, a ruby is a red sapphire (or red corundum).
Here are some of our favorite Cancerian Ladies.
Here's a whole blog post that Amber did on Rubies, last year (It's a great one. So, why recreate the wheel? :D) :
RUBY Dooby DOO! If you're a Cancer - this stone's for YOU!
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of rubies? I’m guessing it’s the deep, blood red color associated with this gemstone. Was I right? Well, WAS I?! Of course I was. In my spare time when I’m not writing blogs, I also read minds. Anyhoo, when we talk about the color of a ruby, we are talking about hues. There are primary and secondary hues, sometimes even tertiary hues in a single stone. Why is that? Well, because Mother Nature rarely makes a stone that is one, flat color because she’s awesome like that. Rubies are defined as red for the primary hue, and secondary hues can range from orange, purple, violet, and pink.
Speaking of ruby colors, this is where it gets a little heady. Stay with me here, okay? Rubies are a variety of the mineral Corundum. The very same mineral, just in a different color, is not called Ruby but Sapphire. Yup, Rubies and Sapphires are made from the same mineral (Corundum) but just with a slight variation: rubies get their red color from the element Chromium, and so are classified as Rubies, while traces of Iron and Titanium create the blue color that Sapphires are most known for. However, Sapphires can come in a variety of colors and are then just prefixed with that color’s name, i.e., Yellow Sapphire. SO, to recap, Rubies and Sapphires are made from the same mineral but the variations in color classifies them as different stones AND, if that's true - couldn't it be said that Sapphires ARE indeed, Rubies, too and you can add them to your list of July - zodiac appropriate birthstones?? YES! & You're Welcome! :D The rock world is full of wacky facts, am I right?!
We like things kinda 'different' here, at Key West Local Luxe. Check out this WHOPPING Ruby Ring in a bed of sexy serpents!
Well, this is what I have for you today in the world of gemstones. I hope you enjoyed reading all about red rubies, and that you learned something new. Local Luxe has some kicking rubies that would be an amazing addition to your collection. Who knows, you might become famous and your rubies could sell for $4.2 million dollars someday. It could happen.