An expression of the sun’s fiery energy and the royal blood, the ruby has been a symbol of nobility and royalty for as long as there are records of this beautiful stone. The captivating ruby uses to inspire passion, devotion, bring prosperity and protection, and keep one healthy and beautiful.
The ruby in the Bible, is called “the king of precious stones” in India, and was used by warriors in Burma to make them invincible. It is believed that ruby brings peace and success to the one who wears it. That is a lot of power for one stone.
Why It’s Special?
The ruby is, without a doubt, a wonderful stone. The most obvious visual characteristic of the ruby is its intense, rich red color with a deep hint of blue. This is the most desired and valued color for a ruby (which comes in different shades of red).
It is the color that determines the price of the ruby, the second criterion being clarity. The ruby is one of the four precious gemstones: diamond, ruby, emerald, and sapphire and is quite hard—9 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
For hundreds of years, Myanmar (modern-day Burma) was the main source of deep red rubies. Today ruby also comes from India, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam, Pakistan, Macedonia, and even Greenland.
Most of the market rubies treat to enhance their color; a genuine ruby in a deep rich color, like the famous Myanmar ruby, is relatively rare and commands high fees.
The ruby has many properties attributed to it—many of them might be fuelled by passion or imagination due to its luscious color! Let’s look into the most popular properties of ruby, the ones that cross all cultural and temporal boundaries:
Vitality and life force
With its rich fiery color, the ruby has the power to increase one’s vitality or life force (Chi). The fiery ruby can warm up one’s energy, balance, and strengthen it.
Protection and wealth
Ruby has always been associated with wealth (partially because it was a stone of the wealthy). It is also associated with protection from harm and thought to bring assurance and calm.
Love and passion
The ruby has a more extended use as an engagement and wedding stone than the diamond! Its energy evokes passion and love that does not fade away. Thus it served as a perfect commitment stone.
Many other properties associate with the ruby, some quite esoteric and certainly hard to prove, such as keeping one safe from poison or bad spirits.
Throughout the centuries and in many cultures, here are the qualities most often attribute to this beautiful stone.
- Gives courage
- Attracts friendships
- Awakens sexual energy
- Helps with self-love
- Cleanses the blood
- Detoxifies the body
- Helps open the heart and emotionally connect
- Helps in manifestation
- Stimulates creativity
- Dispels sadness
- Increases concentration and motivation
- Builds confidence
- Helps overcome exhaustion
- Builds endurance
- Attracts commitment
- Reduces fears
The ruby considers the birthstone of those born in July, the fiery month of the year (in the Northern hemisphere, of course!)
Throughout centuries, the ruby often mistaken for garnet, red tourmaline, or spinel. So these are three other stones with somewhat similar properties to ruby that you can look into if you attract to the energy of ruby but cannot afford one at the moment.