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Ruby is a red variety of corundum (Sapphire), and aluminium oxide with a hexagonal (trigonal) crystal system. Until 1800, when Ruby was recognised as a variety of corundum, red Spinel’s and Garnets were also believed to be Ruby. Its name comes from ‘ruber’, Latin for red and the intense red colour comes from the presence of chromium.

Ancient legend in Burma held that inserting a Ruby into one’s flesh would make one invulnerable! In European lore, Ruby was believed to convey good health, resolve disagreements and remove negative thoughts. It was long revered as a stone of royalty, and the Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan was said to have offered an entire city in exchange for huge Ruby!

Burmese Ruby Tiara. Made by Garrard & Co. in 1973

Burmese Ruby Tiara. Made by Garrard & Co. in 1973

Ruby is an excellent stone for energy. Imparting vigor to life, it energises and balances. Ruby encourages passion for life but never in a self-destructive way. It improves motivation and setting of realistic goals. Ruby is one of the stones of abundance and aids retaining wealth and passion.

Ruby is most commonly associated with love, especially faithful passionate commitment. It is reputed to help older women value their beauty and life experience! Rubies bring prophetic dreams and banish nightmares; to dream of Rubies is a sign of coming prosperity and good fortune.

Elizabeth Taylor's Diamond and Ruby necklace sold for $3.7 million!

Elizabeth Taylor’s Diamond and Ruby necklace sold for $3.7 million!

Psychologically, Ruby brings up anger or negative energy for transmutation and encourages removal of anything negative from your path. It promotes dynamic leadership.

Mentally, Ruby brings about a positive and courageous state of mind. Under the influence of Ruby, the mind is sharp with heightened awareness and excellent concentration. Given this stones protective effect, it makes you stronger during disputes or controversy.

The glowing Ruby should adorn Those who in warm July are born, Then will they be exempt and free From love’s doubt and anxiety. Anon

Emotionally, Ruby is dynamic. It charges up passion and fires the enthusiasm. Ruby is a sociable stone that attracts sexual activity, overcomes exhaustion and lethargy, and imparts potency and vigor.

Medically, Ruby is said to detoxify the body, blood and lymph, and treats fevers, infectious diseases, and restricted blood flow. It is extremely beneficial for the heart and circulatory system. Ruby can also stimulate the adrenals, kidneys, reproductive organs and spleen.

Rough Ruby

Rough Ruby


Ruby in Fuchsite rejuvenates your mind, body and spirit, and empowers you to reach out for your heart’s desire.

Ruby in Granite is excellent for repairing a broken heart, physically and psychologically.

Ruby in Kyanite represents good fortune and protection, healing and spiritual beauty.

Ruby in Moonstone is excellent for healing hearts broken through loss or grief.

Ruby in Zoisite (Anyolite) has the unusual property of promoting individuality while at the same time retaining interconnectedness with the rest of humanity.

Star Ruby amplifies internal resources and fortitude.

Zodiac: July & December
Birthstone: Cancer & Sagittarius
Chakra: Heart & Root
Sources: Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Brazil, USA
Hardness: 9
Empowerment: My fears have no reality, I let them go.


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