Ruby is famous for its vivid red colour and its name originates from the Latin word “ruber”, meaning red. The highly valued ruby has attracted mankind with its desirable glowing colour, which has also turned it into a symbol of passion. Ruby is the birthstone for July and I think this rich gemstone compliments this warm month of summer beautifully. Read on, if you would like to know more about the remarkable ruby! ♡ Shiri
Ruby is the birthstone assigned to the month of July. A piece of jewellery set with the exquisite red ruby will make a fine gift for someone born in July, as wearing the gemstone of the month of your birth is said to bring good fortune.
Jewellery set with ruby is traditionally gifted on the 15th and 40th wedding anniversary. As this precious gemstone has been linked with both passion and devotion, it is truly a romantic gift for someone you love.
The spiritual qualities of ruby include: Passion, confidence, power, devotion and vitality. Ruby is a gemstone of energy and love and equally connected with power and leadership. This makes it the perfect companion in situations where somebody depends on your confidence and guidance. Some also believe that ruby has a positive influence on your dreams and the ability to remove negative energies.
Ruby sourcing can be traced back over 2500 years. Through history the precious gemstone has been adored in many parts of the world. In fact, the ruby is known as “ratnaraj” in Sanskrit meaning “the king of precious stones”. Ruby was not distinguished from other red gemstones, such as garnet and spinel, until the 1800s. In Europe, the ruby became a favourite amongst royals and the wealthy and was used to adorn numerous costly jewellery pieces.
The ruby is surrounded by numerous lores and superstitions. A Hindu myth states that the ruby has an inner fire, which causes its red colour to glow through any cover. In Burma, it was believed that rubies could offer protection in battle, which caused warriors to insert them directly into their flesh. In medieval Europe, rubies were worn by the wealthy and royals to ensure good health, as well as success in love. In other cultures, ruby has been a symbol of life, as its red colour was associated with blood.
Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, which is also the origin of sapphires of all colours. This mineral is colourless, but when the element chromium is present during its formation, it is tinted, and the ruby acquires its vivid red colour. The colour nuances of the ruby can span from pale red to deep blood red, with tones leaning towards either orange or blue. The density of colour spans from transluscent to opaque. Ruby is categorized at 9 on the Mohs' scale of hardness, making it slightly softer than the diamond. This gemstone is sourced in Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Vietnam and Afghanistan. Large rubies are extremely rare and therefore highly valuable.