Colour: red, occasionally pink-orange, red-orange, yellowish.
Found in: Burma (Myanmar), China, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam
A member of the Corundum clan of minerals, the name coming from Latin, Rubeus or Rufus, for the colour red. One of the main uses for ruby nowadays is in medical lasers.
There are a huge amount of stones purporting to be rubies which are not; these are merely given a name with a ruby connection to trick an unwary buyer. These names are listed here:
Adelaide Ruby * Alabandtine Ruby * American Ruby * Arizona Ruby * Australian Ruby * Bohemian Ruby * California Ruby * Cape Ruby * Colourado Ruby * Elie Ruby * Montana Ruby * Rocky Mountain Ruby *
Padmaragaya is a Singhalese term for yellowish, pinkish-orange to reddish-orange variety of corundum (sapphire) from Sri Lanka, or a synthetic corundum of yellow to orange colour, which means lotus flower.
Pigeon’s blood ruby is a dark red/purple.
The Hindus consider this to be “the king of gems” and it is often mentioned in the bible, although it was called “carbuncle” in those days.
An old story is told that the King of Pegu (India) had a ruby which could light a darkened room. Others have claimed that if danger approaches, a ruby will turn black in warning.
This is a stone which is said to foster integrity, devotion, happiness, healing, courage, passion and romance. It is also said to be a key stone in producing enthusiasm and generosity, as well as evoking warmth, inspiration, prosperity, power and leadership ability, so is good for both home and work. Ruby is recommended for clearing blockages, for arousing sexual energies, and for transmuting them for spiritual purposes. It is considered to be a stone of the sun by all civilizations. It represents the life force, inner fire, passion and love. Although related to more feminine traits, it is in essence a masculine stone, said to protect warriors, making the wearer invulnerable and capable of withstanding aggression in all its forms.
Ruby brings the strength to withstand manipulation, controversy and disputes and it is said that it replaces sadness and negative thought patterns with joy. It is also said to stimulate spontaneity and sexual activity.
It is said to protect against injury and protect the home.
Health: Sanskrit literature has connected Ruby with calming a flatulent episode and to ease nausea and indigestion. When worn or held, it is said to ease heart problems such as putting the heart muscles back into a normal rhythm If carried or worn during menopause, it is said to ease medical problems and side effects of this. Wear for three consecutive menstrual cycles when needing to regulate periods. Interestingly, tradition holds that if a ruby is held against the belly of a pregnant woman, the health of the baby is assured. Said to be good with anaemia when worn twenty four hours a day. It should be used for at least three lunar months to bring the iron count to an acceptable level and the reduce the chance of relapse in the condition. Aids balance problems by holding for around 30 minutes whilst laid down. Do this each day until the condition improves. Improves low blood pressure. Hold or place beside the bed when suffering from a fever as this stone is said to bring the temperature down to a normal level. When worn constantly, it is said to ease the discomfort of fibroids.
Chakra: Heart, Sacral chakra.
Starsign: Aries, Cancer, Leo, Sagittarius, Scorpio.
Birthstone for those born in July. Linked to 40th wedding anniversaries.
REFERENCES & BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Lapworth PB, Oughton JH (1970): What Exactly is Ruby? Australian Gemology, Volume 10, Number 12, November 1970, p11.
Oldershaw C (2007): Philip’s Guide to Gems
Scott MJ & Mariani G (2002) Crystal Healing for Animals
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