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!
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