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Pink ruby set in 925 design.
Ruby has been one of the most prized gemstones through history. Ruby is included in all major lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Uniquely, it is also referenced in the Holy Books of all five of the world’s major religions! In the Bible and Torah, Ruby is listed as the first of the twelve stones which decorated the breastplate of the High Priest of ancient Israel. The design for the Breastplate was given by God to Moses, whose brother Aaron was the first to wear it. Each of the gemstones on the Breastplate were inscribed with the symbol for one of the Twelves Tribes of Israel. Ruby was most likely inscribed with the Tribe of Judah, the father of ancient Israel’s royal family. In the Qur’an, it is said that Allah created Rubies, and so every gemstone is sacred – a reminder to view all of creation with reverence.
Rubies are also sacred to Buddhists, who nicknamed the gemstone, “Tears of Buddha.” In countries were Ruby is mined, it is often used to decorate statues of the Buddha, often placed on the forehead to symbolize the Third Eye, or else placed in the naval. In Buddhism, there is a concept of Three Jewels, the three refuges in which a person may seek support. They yellow gem is the Buddha, the blue gem is Dharma (the true nature of reality), and the red gem Sangha (Buddhist community. Sangha is often symbolized with a Ruby.
In the ancient Vedic texts, revered by followers of the Hindu faith, Rubies were the blood of the demon god Vala. According to the story, Vala once took the form of a stone cave where stolen cows were hidden. Indra, the leader of the demigods, split Vala apart, killing him and freeing the cows. Vala’s body was scattered across the earth and his various body parts were transformed into a variety of gemstones. Vala’s blood was taken by Surya, the sun-god who attempted to flee with it. But Ravana, the god-king of Sri Lanka, called up a solar eclipse to block Surya’s flight. The sun god was so startled that he dropped the blood, and where it fell, Ruby mines can now be found. Ruby is often found in Sri Lanka, both historically and throughout the present day.
The name ruby comes from Latin ‘Ruber’ meaning red. Ruby has many names in Sanskrit, and the most significant of them are ‘ratnaraj’ meaning ‘king of precious gemstones’, and ‘padmaraga’ that means ‘red as a lotus’.
In the 19th century French book “Lapidaire en Vers” it says “by Christ’s command the ruby was placed on Aaron’s neck, the ruby, called the lord of gems; the highly prized, the dearly loved ruby, so fair with its gay color.” Pliny, Roman military chief and philosopher, thought that ruby was of igneous origin and that they were created by a fire from heaven or, in other words, lightning strikes. Even in Germany the stone was called ‘Donnerkeil’ meaning ‘thunderbolt’.
Ruby is a variety of corundum mineral. In other words, it is a variety of sapphire though in the US this gem can be called a ruby if a certain color saturation is achieved.
What are the benefits of the ruby stone?
It strengthens both the physical and emotional heart. Ruby brings love, confidence, loyalty, and courage. It instills stamina, vitality and strength. A good stone for removing blocked energies in the reproductive system. It re-energizes one after exhaustion. Also good for balancing the blood's sugar.
Ruby stimulates and supports the root chakra, the center of your physical connection to the Earth and our ability to survive and thrive. When the root chakra is out of balance, you can feel weak, dispirited, ungrounded, depressed, or scattered. Ruby energizes and activates this chakra to get you going toward your goals & dreams.