Ruby, the birthstone for July, is a precious gemstone with colors ranging from pink to deep red. The name Ruby comes from the Latin word “ruber” meaning red. Ancient Hindus believed rubies were a sign of protection from evil. They were also highly prized by ancient Chinese warriors who were known to wear rubies on their armor. Rubies are said to attract good luck for the wearer and symbolize love and passion. It is a favorite gem for those in love, inspiring more emotion and powerful feelings than any other gemstone.