July is known for bringing us warm summer days, but this month also brings us the ruby as a birthstone. Here at Walker Metalsmith’s, we are celebrating July birthdays with our original, hand-crafted simulated ruby birthstone Celtic jewelry. We are pleased to be able to use this time-honored craft to create our simulated ruby jewelry, which incorporates classic Celtic symbolism. We have several custom Celtic pieces featuring these vibrant gemstones, such as earrings, rings, and necklaces, in both gold and silver. These dazzling pieces are the perfect gift for you or a special person in your life who has a July birthday, or simply loves this unique and symbolic stone.
The history of birthstones
The history of birthstones appears to date back to biblical times, but there is some discrepancy over the exact significance of these 12 gems. Some sources believe the 12 birthstones were originally worn on the breastplate of the prophet Aaron, while other historians believe the stones represented the 12 tribes of Israel.
Despite the uncertainty at the exact origin of birthstones in general, rubies have been symbolic since recorded history. These red gems are actually mentioned several times in the Bible, and have appeared throughout the centuries. Rubies were held in high regard by ancient Hindus, and many other ancient cultures used rubies as a focal point of armour, jewelry, and other forms of adornment.
The name “ruby” comes from the Latin word “ruber,” which means red. These gems were first discovered in 600 AD, in Myanmar, what was formerly Burma. These bright red gems were later worn to protect warriors in battle, and in medieval times, these stones were associated with passion and success.
Today, many rubies come from Vietnam, Mozambique and Tanzania. These vibrant gems are associated with integrity, devotion, and happiness. While rubies are the birthstone for July, they are also typically gifted as a 40th wedding anniversary.
One-of-a-kind birthstone pieces
Here at Walker Metalsmiths, we’re proud to combine our original craftsmanship, passion for Celtic jewelry, and simulated rubies into one-of-a-kind pieces. Our Celtic jewelry featuring simulated rubies include Celtic knots, the Trinity Star, and the Celtic Cross. Our Claddagh rings can also come set with one of our stunning simulated rubies.The team behind Walker Metalsmiths Celtic Jewelry has been working in metalsmithing since the 1980s, and been studying Celtic symbols all the while. We not only find joy in creating these original, one-of-a-kind pieces with our simulated rubies, but we take pride in delving into the studies of these ancient symbols, in order to create authentic jewelry true to its origins. Please don’t hesitate to contact us about any of our pieces, or if you have a custom design in mind.
Comments will be approved before showing up.
August 1st marks Lughnasadh. This festival signifies the ending of summer and the beginning of fall, a the start of the harvest season. And just as Lughnasadh has been celebrated for centuries, the symbols used in our handcrafted Celtic jewelry here at Walker Metalsmiths have also been part of Celtic history since ancient times.