ruby

courage .  enthusiasm .  passion

birthstone:  July
anniversary:  15th, 40th

Ruby gets its name from the Latin word "ruber" which means red.  Natural rubies appear in a variety of reddish shades from brownish-red to pink.   Throughout history, ruby has been a favorite among powerful rulers and it is called "the gem of kings".  

Ruby is known as a stone of courage.  It is said to bring a sense of power and self-confidence to the wearer.  It stirs the blood and encourages enthusiasm and a zest for life.   It is considered a symbol of passion and powerful feelings and is an excellent choice for engagement or Valentine's Day jewelry.  Ruby is believed to be an aphrodisiac that can restore and maintain a passionate connection between lovers.