July’s birthstone is the ruby, which is known as the “king of gems.” It is said to be the most desirable stone and is valued because of its bright red color. Rubies were discovered over 2,000 years ago and traditionally are said to have protective powers. Rubies represent courage, energy and passion. They are the symbol for powerful feelings and are said to promote self-confidence. In modern times, the ruby mostly represents passion and love. A ruby is stimulating to the heart and was once used as the perfect wedding stone.