Rubies are said to bring good health, wisdom, wealth and success in love and other matters. They are a good luck charm as well as being a beautiful and highly sought after gemstone.
Ruby is found in the corundum family, which is harder than any gemstone except for diamond. This makes ruby a candidate for wearing every day in rings, earrings and pendants. Unfortunately, high quality ruby is quite rare and the color determines the value. The color to look for is a medium or dark red or even a faint purplish red. What you don't want is a stone that is too light or has too much purple or orange. If the color goes to that range, it will be considered a fancy sapphire.
The ruby is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history. The Ruby was considered to have magical powers, and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil. It was thought to grow darker when peril was imminent, and to return to its original color once danger was past—if it was in the hands of its rightful owner! Rubies were thought to represent heat and power. It was said that a pot of water would boil instantly if a Ruby was tossed into it.
The word Ruby comes from the Latin "ruber," which means red. Wear or carry Ruby to overcome exhaustion and lethargy. It stimulates circulation and amplifies energy and vitality to the whole system. Ruby has been known to calm hyperactivity in some individuals. Ruby is an aphrodisiac and deepens a couple’s relationship and encourages closeness and commitment.
Ruby is said to hold strong energy that helps to sharpen the mind and strengthens concentration. It also promotes courage and is good to have when dealing with difficult situations and during disagreements.
Ruby also helps reduce fear from nightmares.. It shields the home from fire and intruders, and if worn on the body is a good talisman for staying safe. Rubies also are used in technology such as in medical instruments and lasers.
Rubies have been mined for more than 2,500 years and today the highest quality stones are from Burma. They are also found in Sri Lanka, Australia, Kenya, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States.
No matter when your birthday is, Rubies have qualities that anyone can appreciate and delight in!
There are three birthstones associated with the month of June. They are the pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.
The most common birthstone associated with the month of June is the pearl Pearls have been used throughout history as an adornment and were a favorite of the Romans. In England, the 1500s were known as "The Pearl Age".
Pearls are made inside shells of certain types of clams and oysters. While some pearls are formed in mollusks that live in rivers and in the ocean, many pearls are now farmed in oysters. Early commercial culturing began in the 1900s and since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost totally replaced natural pearls in jewelry design. Pearls are formed from a mineral that is what the shells of the mollusks are made of. They are unique in this way and don't require polishing or faceting to show their beauty.
Asian mythology says that pearls were thought to be dewdrops from heaven that fell into the sea and were caught by shellfish when there was a full moon. In 17th century Europe, pearls were used as decoration and adornment.
Pearls are said to help heal the stomach and help with immunity and emotional stress. Pearls aid in digestion and may reduce the chance of developing ulcers. They reduce stress, hypertension, headaches and exhaustion. They have a soothing influence and are said to reduce over-sensitivity and promote peacefulness. Pearls have long been a symbol of purity and innocence and are frequently given to brides to wear and have been sewn into their bridal gowns.
Moonstones & Alexandrite
A phenomenal gemstone, moonstones show a floating play of light (called adularescence) and sometimes show either a multi-rayed star or a cat's eye. It is considered a sacred stone in India where moonstones often are displayed on a background of yellow (a sacred color).
Moonstone soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilises the emotions, providing calmness. Moonstone enhances intuition, promotes inspiration, success and good fortune in love and business matters. It also aids the digestive system, assimilates nutrients, eliminates toxins and fluid retention, and alleviates degenerative conditions of skin, hair, eyes, and fleshy organs such as the liver and pancreas. It balances hormonal cycles, being excellent for PMS, conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and breast-feeding. Moonstone is also beneficial to men in reaching their emotional side.
Moonstones are believed to hold a spirit whose purpose it is to bring good fortune. The Roman natural historian Pliny, wrote that moonstone's appearance altered with the phases of the moon — a belief that held until well after the sixteenth century. Moonstone is part of the feldspar family which occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks and comes in a variety of colors such as green, blue, peach, and champagne. Moonstones come from Sri Lanka; India, Australia, the United States, Mayanmar, and Madagascar.
Alexandrite appears to be a beautiful green color with perhaps a blue or brown tint. But when looking at the stone under artificial lighting it turns a reddish violet. Alexandrite is not common and is extremely expensive because of this. Alexandrite is also one of the hardest stones available.
This stone is a somewhat new discovery. In the 1800s, the Russians discovered it and named it after the Czar Alexander II, who reigned during that time. Most Alexandrite it found in Sri Lanka but because it is so rare, synthetic versions have become popular. (Synthetic gemstones are man-made versions of a natural stone and possess the same properties).
Alexandrite is considered to be a stone of longevity and affluence. It brings peace to both mind and body and gives the wearer emotional strength. So it is said to be good for those that have a temper. It is also believed to purify the blood and improve blood flow and helps strengthen intuition and imagination.
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