July's birthstone, the ruby, is considered to be the king of the gems, known for its vibrant red colour.
If there was ever a gemstone more fitting to signify love, we've yet to come across it. In fact, the ruby's brilliant red hues are such a perfect symbol of love that it's become an increasingly popular choice for engagement rings.
It is believed that a ruby will protect its wearer from evil and illness as well as bestowing good fortune, so I think you will agree a wonderful choice to give a loved one.
Rubies are one of the hardest natural gemstones around and their overall colour can sometimes give a clue as to where they originated. Burmese stones are often tinged with purple, while Thai rubies have a slightly brown tone. Although one thing's for certain - rubies are ideal for unique statement jewellery!