Birthstone for July
Ruby is the red variety of corundum (aluminum oxide) ranging from deep to pale red, at times with a purple tinge. Ruby with minute needle-like inclusions of rutile is called star ruby, showing a six-rayed star when cut in cabochons. Sri Lanka has mined rubies since the 8th century BCE. Other ruby localities include India, Myanmar, Thailand, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Carolina and Montana. Ruby’s stimulation of the root (1st) chakra adds vital life force to efforts at change, keeping one free from vulnerability to indecision and pessimism.
Zoisite is a calcium aluminum silicate hydroxide mineral with prismatic and vertically striated crystals. The most valuable form of zoisite is the sapphire-blue mineral called tanzanite, and the massive pinkish-red variety of zoisite is called thulite. Ruby is known to form within the dark green variety, much like it forms within fuchsite. Localities include Spain, Germany, Scotland, and Japan. Metaphysically, zoisite helps to transmute negative energies into positive ones.