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July was originally called Quintilis, as it was once the fifth month in the calendar year. It shifted to seventh when January and February were added to the calendar around 450 B.C.. July is named for Julius Caesar, as it was his birth month. Over the centuries, this month acquired a variety of birthstones. Most of these crystals tend to promote vigor, power, and protection. Here are the six historical birthstones of July:


The modern birthstone for July, ruby has been correlated with July since ancient times. It is a precious gem that has long been associated with royalty, earning it the nickname “the stone of nobility”. This is also a talisman of passion, protection, and prosperity. Using ruby can stimulate the base chakra and promote vitality.




 Carnelian is the old Arabic birthstone for July and the modern alternative to ruby in England. This is recognized as a stone of power, courage, and strength. Using it can help increase energy levels.


A traditional birthstone for July, onyx is a powerful protective talisman. This stone helps with self-awareness, promoting a sense of empowerment that can restore energy.


Sardonyx is an ancient Russian birthstone for this month. It is a strong protective stone that raises optimism and confidence by radiating positive energy in your aura.


Sapphire is the Hindu birthstone for July, symbolizing wisdom and spiritual truth. It reminds you that the soul is pure and innocent, helping bring you peace of mind.


Another traditional birthstone, turquoise helps one release their inhibitions. Many cultures believe this stone promotes good luck, bringing abundance into one’s life in all forms.

Care & Other Information

All gemstones are unique. Color and appearance variations are to be expected.

Bathe in full moonlight regularly to energize crystals. Cleanse regularly by placing on a piece of selenite or by moving through the smoke of sage. Remove your jewelry daily, allowing it to rest.

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Disclaimer: Crystal meanings and spiritual healing lore are not a prescription, diagnosis or healthcare information. They are presented as spiritual supports to healing and other life issues. See a doctor or licensed medical practitioner for all health issues.

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