July is here, which means it’s time for June’s pearls, moonstones, and alexandrite to take a step back and let a more regal gemstone begin its reign: the ruby. Known to be the “king of gems,” it’s been said that the ruby can protect its wearer from evil, aid in decision-making, and promote love and intense passion. You know, all the good stuff.
Overall, it’s believed that the stone brings its owner good fortune, making a piece of ruby jewelry the perfect gift for the most important July-born Cancer and Leo ladies in your life (or, yourself). It is one of the four precious stones, after all. And let’s not forget its major cameo (in the form of slippers) in The Wizard of Oz.
We rounded up 16 of the prettiest and most unique ruby baubles of the season. From necklaces comprised of golden moons and ruby stars to the daintiest of ruby-bearing rings, there’s a little something for everybody.
Click through the gallery below to check out our favorite finds.