The fiery and captivating Ruby is a stone of nobility; considered the most magnificent of all gems - "the Queen of stones and the stone of Kings". In ancient times, it was considered to surpass all other precious stones in virtue, and its value was even greater than diamonds.
Natural ruby is one of four "precious" gemstones (including diamond, emerald and sapphire) known for its rarity, value and hardness (second only to diamond). Ruby is red corundrum and is a type of Sapphire. The name comes from the Latin "rubeus", meaning "red". In Sanskrit, it is called "ratnaraj", meaning "King of Precious Stones". It has been associated with prosperity and wealth for centuries.
In ancient Burma, where the world's most beautiful rubies were found, an old legend states that a ruby inserted under the skin would make one completely invulnerable.
The 35.5 carat Sunrise Ruby, a Burmese Pigeons-blood ruby, is the world's most expensive colored stone - it sold at auction in 2015 for an incredible US$30 million.
Ruby is considered to be a powerful manifestation and protection stone; in Indian tradition, it is associated with rising Kundalini energy and is said to help you follow your bliss. It is said to be a stone of high energy and power that promotes healing on all levels.
It has been long used as a stone to increase passion, and to bring and increase romantic love. It is also said to bring integrity, devotion and happiness to romance. It is a stone of great courage and inner strength, and gives the wearer self-confidence, self-love and increased inner power. In ancient times, it was worn as an amulet or charm to ward off plague and pestilence, and was reputed to bring its owner peace, banish sadness, and help resolve disputes.
Ruby has traditionally been associated with love, especially faithful passionate commitment and closeness; in antiquity, rubies were considered to be perfect wedding stones.
Ruby is associated with the Root chakra, as well as being stimulating and balancing for the Heart chakra.
Ruby is the traditional and modern birthstone for July.