July Birthstones

July birthstone: Ruby

Zodiac sign: Leo

Anniversary stone: 40th anniversary

Angel: Verchiel

Apostle: Matthew

Month flower: Water-lily

Hindu month gem: Sapphire

Meaning of dreaming with ruby: "Unexpected guests"

For more information about the history of birthstones, try The Curious Lore of Precious Stones by George Frederick Kunz, a fascinating compendium of all the powers that have been associated with gemstones through the ages.