Derived from the Latin word “Ruber” (red) the ancients likened the striking redness of Rubies as a representation of the blistering sun. The intense heat the stone symbolizes made it synonymous with love and passion, eliciting emotion and grandeur in the eye of the beholder. Its different shades of red appear as if they are aligned with the temperatures of July. The stone is used for healing illness such as gout, melancholy, and fever, while promoting joy and understanding. July’s birth flowers are Larkspur and Water Lily, both of which promote feelings of happiness.