The birthstone for July is ruby or carnelian, the birthflower is the larkspur
The word ruby is derived from the Latin ‘ruber’, meaning red. This name was once used to describe all red stones, including red spinel, red tourmaline and red garnet.
The ruby is among the most highly prized of gemstones: large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires, therefore their value increases with size more than any other gemstone.
It is believed that rubies are noble stones, symbolising passion, protection and prosperity.
Carnelian is a variety of the mineral quartz. The name comes from Old French corneline ; the prefix car- being suggested by Latin caro, carn- ‘flesh’. In ancient times it was a stone used to protect the dead on their journey to the after-life. It is said to accelerate your motivation, and aid you to clarify your goals, so you can find your best direction in life.
Larkspur is an annual Mediterranean plant of the buttercup family. It is used as a cut flower or for scenting cosmetics and candles. They were original delphinium but are now consolida. These flowers are thought to have earned the common name of larkspur because each bloom contains an elongated petal that looks like a spur, presumably like the hind claws of a meadowlark. The larkspur was originally classified as a Delphininium, which means dolphin, because the tiny buds on the flower look like a dolphin.
Larkspur flowers symbolise joy and love, but meaning differs with colour; pink (fickleness), white (happiness), purple (first love).