We celebrate beautiful Ruby Gemstone for July’s Birthstone.
It is also the Gemstone used to celebrate the 15th and 40th Wedding Anniversaries.
Ruby is a variety of corundum that gets its red colour from chromium. Corundum that occurs in other colours is classified as sapphire. In its pure form, corundum is colourless. The word “corundum” comes from the Tamil “kurundam”, meaning “ruby sapphire”. The most desirable Ruby colour is a rich deep red with a hint of blue that is known as “pigeon’s blood”
In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, Ruby is called “ratnaraj”, which translates as “king of precious stones”. Ancient Sanskrit texts, the Bible and other historical writings refer to Ruby as a precious gem, indicating the rich history and abiding appreciation of Ruby Gemstones.
In traditional Hindu belief systems, Ruby is associated with Muladhara, or the base chakra. This chakra is concerned with Kundalini; spiritual energy, the power of pure desire, divine consciousness, opening of the mind and natural energy of the self.
Ancient Hindus believed that by making an offering of a Ruby to Krishna, rebirth as an emperor was assured. Burmese warriors believed that Rubies would make them invincible, and even inserted Rubies under their skin for this purpose.
According to the story of Marco Polo, Kublai Khan offered the King of Ceylon a city in exchange for a large Ruby.
Medieval Europeans believed that Rubies assured good health, prosperity, wisdom and a successful love life.
Rubies are said to arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love.
The English name “Ruby” comes from the Latin word “ruber”, meaning red.
In Thailand, ruby is known as “tabtim”, which means “pomegranate” in Thai. This is because these shining red gems look like the edible seed coats found inside a ripe pomegranate.
In feng shui, Ruby is believed to bring yang fire energy.
The day assigned to ruby is Tuesday (hence the Rolling Stones song, “Ruby Tuesday”).
Ruby is assigned to the planets Mars and Pluto.
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