Stone of LOVE …
Which colour would you spontaneously associate with love and vivacity, passion and power? It’s obvious, isn’t it? Red. Red is the colour of love. It radiates warmth and a strong sense of vitality. And red is also the colour of the ruby, the king of the gemstones. In the fascinating world of gemstones, the ruby is the undisputed ruler.
For thousands of years, the ruby has been considered one of the most valuable gemstones on Earth. It has everything a precious stone should have: magnificent colour, excellent hardness and outstanding brilliance. In addition to that, it is an extremely rare gemstone, especially in its finer qualities.
The meaning of the Ruby name comes from the Latin word for ‘red’. Deposits of Ruby have been found in Kenya, Burma, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Russia, Madagascar, Mexico and the USA. Ruby is a type of corundum, and other members of the family are generally known as Sapphires.
Other colors of corundum are known as Sapphires, and Ruby may be found intergrown with a variety of different colors of Sapphire. There is an image of it intergrown with Blue Sapphire, further down this page. Ruby’s color is red, and this color comes from the inclusion of chromium within the stone. The shade of red may differ, as natural crystals can have varying amounts of different minerals within the stones. In the past other varieties of red stones were called rubies… in particular Red Spinel and some types of Red Garnet… until they were able to work out the differences in the 1800’s.
Charging your Energy level
One of this stone’s alchemical properties is to impart a sense of bliss, as well as encouraging a desire for life. It will aid you by helping you to recharge your energy levels This may be part of the reason why it has been a popular stone over the centuries.
Ruby stone has a vibration that radiates with an intensity that projects energy and enthusiasm for life. It encourages leadership and increased concentration, with sharpness of intellect.
This beautiful red stone allows you to see your own strength, and your creative potential from a heart based perspective. The Ruby is both a base chakra stone and a heart chakra stone…. and holds the energy of the red ray.
Its energy may assist you with clear visualization, through its stimulation of the pineal gland. This gland is the basis of the third eye chakra, although this stone has not been known as a chakra stone for the 6th chakra.
Ruby-red name of Passion
Red for ruby. Ruby-red. The most important thing about this precious stone is its colour. It was not for no reason that the name ‘ruby’ was derived from the Latin word ‘rubens’, meaning ‘red’. The red of the ruby is incomparable: warm and fiery. Two magical elements are associated with the symbolism of this colour: fire and blood, implying warmth and life for mankind. So ruby-red is not just any old colour, no, it is absolutely undiluted, hot, passionate, powerful colour. Like no other gemstone, the ruby is the perfect way to express powerful feelings. Instead of symbolising a calm, controlled affection, a ring set with a precious ruby bears witness to that passionate, unbridled love that people can feel for each other.
It is believed rubies have special properties:
- Brings happiness in a relationship.
- Cure erectile dysfunction.
- Make people stronger and dashing.
- Expand friendships.
- To guard wearer’s properties and wealth.
- Protect the wearer from bad or negative influences (the color keep changing when danger is approaching).
- Prevent heavy rain and storm.
Fine star rubies and sapphires are highly valuable. The star moves across the face of the stone with shifts in light, an effect known as “asterism”. The word ‘asterism’ is derived from tthe Greek ‘aster’ which means star. The best ones possess an intensely rich body color and a strong sharp star with all six rays equally straight and prominent. It is extremely rare to find a gem that combines these qualities. Star rubies show pleochroism, it means that the gems will show different colors when viewed from different directions.
The size and sharpness of the star depend on the quantity and quality of rutile needles. A denser packed rutile gives you a better star, longer needles also produce a bigger star. Too much needles will turn the gem into a low translucent stone, lack ‘asterism’ and also harms the color of the ruby. Since rutile is present in star rubies, they are not completely transparent. Star rubies are cut into round or oval-shaped cabochons to display its best star effect. Other popular gemstones that display asterism are Star Rose Quartz, Star Sapphire, Star Garnet, Star Diopside, Star Spinel, Star Moonstone and Star Opal.