Ruby derives its name from the Latin “ruber” meaning 'red', and all through the ages, this red gemstone has been as highly sought after as diamond, emerald and sapphire! All of these gemstones were (and still are) valued for their rarity and beauty.
Ruby Color Associations
The Many Mystical Powers of Ruby
Often worn as an amulet, ruby would protect its wearer and keep them safe from disease and negative energetic/psychic attacks. Ruby also protects the user from falling into poverty, by manifesting wealth and prosperity to the wearer!
Ruby clears any energetic blockages to the heart and is believed to ground the wearer, so they do not end up consumed by their passion, but rather, channel their passions correctly and keep their vibrations high.
On an emotional level, ruby is used to regulate fear and strengthen the mind against anxiety and worry.
Ruby has been a sought after gemstone the world over and is frequently mentioned in religious and historical texts! According to Marco Polo, Kublai Khan, the Mongolian Emperor, offered to trade a whole city for a particularly large ruby.
In the Book of Proverbs, it is written “For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you can desire can compare with her”.
According to Hindu beliefs, rubies are also separated according to caste, with a pure deep red ruby being worn only by the highest "Brahmin" caste, denoting their status. Hindu writings refer to ruby as “lord of the stones”.
The British monarchy is famed for their use of ruby, particularly in coronation rings. Queen Victoria gifted her coronation ring to the Crown, making it a permanent feature of the Crown Jewels. The Imperial State Crown features another famous gemstone, known as the Black Prince Ruby. This gemstone is not actually a ruby, but instead a spinel. Ruby, being the most famous of all red gemstones, has been used as a catch-all term for all red gemstones in the past, with garnet too being mistaken for ruby.
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