Hello everyone! I almost made it on time for this months FOTM. I am guessing to be just a few minutes late this month..Been a very busy time for us, but, I am making progress on getting these freebies out to you on time. That is always a good thing!
One of the things I have been thinking about is my notifications to you on these FOTM. I have decided I will no longer advertise when they become available. If you would like to know when they are released, please follow this blog. The reason behind this decision is simply my schedule. I am SUPER busy right now, and in all honesty, I really don't have the time to spare. I apologize for this, I have spent a while thinking about it and have focused in on the small areas that I can save time, and this is just one option.
Another thing I would like to focus on is availability of the freebies. I would seriously suggest that if you like a freebie, you grab it when you see it. Right now we have a ton of links that are now expired because we closed the Graphfreaks store. We are going to go through and update these links, but, let's face it, links expire. NOTHING is forever and your best bet is to grab them ASAP before it happens to you.
okay, enough with changes that really aren't any fun and onto the good stuff...the whole reason you are here, the goodies. So, our freebie of the month for July is of course the Ruby, and here are your fun facts...
The red July birthstone, The Ruby, was long accorded a lofty position in the order of gems by the ancient Hindus. It was christened the ‘King Of Gems’, a tribute to its blood red intensity, believed to protect the wearer from evil, signify love and intense passion. Besides the ancient Hindus, tribes in other parts of the world were fascinated by this stone, and its deep red color was synonymous with War and victory. Other attributes of the Ruby are harmony, contentment, integrity, strength, protection from Evil and success.
In the days of Yore, rubies adorned Kings, head of warrior tribes and political rulers as it was believed to enhance their leadership skills and power of decision-making. The belief has evolved through the ages, and today the stone is believed to aid wearers in making important decisions in life, particularly financial decisions. In the Hindu culture, the July birthstone, Ruby, was associated with Power, Passion and Protection. The ruby was also believed to have curative properties and used to improve blood circulation. The belief entails however, the one must not wear a ruby anywhere close to the Solar Plexus as the stone has adverse effects on the area. The blood-red stone is said to symbolize strength, vitality, confidence, leadership, and courage. The red ruby is associated with passion and love.
Ruby is the gemstone of those born in July, under the Cancer sun-sign.
The ancient Hindus called the July birthstone “Rajnapura” or the King of Gems and believed the stone radiated a warmth and luminosity from an internal flame. This was linked to Love and passion that emanates from the heart, making this stone the perfect gift for ardent lovers, since its discovery about 2,000 years ago.
The stone has featured prominently in the famous children’s movie, The Wizard of Oz, with the protagonist’s shoes made of Blood Red ruby. According to sources, the casting director was fascinated by the stone and wanted the stone featured in his movie.
Interestingly, the Ruby and Sapphire are from the same gemstone family, Corundum, the only difference being their color. The Sapphire is Blue, the green Sapphire is Emerald and the red, Ruby.
The July Birthstone, Ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, along with emerald, diamond and sapphire.