The Energy and Mystery of Ruby

Explore the fascinating history and properties of ruby stone

Ruby gemstone
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"A city for a stone, a whole city for this stone!"  exclaimed an old Chinese emperor at the sight of the majestic ruby. We will never know if this legend is true or not, but the energy of the royal ruby sure inspires devotion, passion, and decisive action, too!

An expression of the fiery energy of the sun and the royal blood, the ruby has been a symbol or nobility and royalty for as long as there are records about this beautiful stone. The captivating ruby has been used to inspire passion, devotion, to bring prosperity and protection, as well as keep one healthy and beautiful.

The ruby is mentioned several times in the Bible, is called "the king of precious stones" in India and was used by warriors in Burma to make them invincible. It is believed that ruby brings peace and success to the one who wears it. That is a lot of power for one stone, isn't it?

What is So Special About a Ruby?

The ruby is without a doubt, a very beautiful stone. The most obvious visual characteristic of the ruby is its intense, rich red color with a deep hint of blue. This is the most desired and valued color for a ruby (which comes in different shades of red).

It is the colour that determines the price of the ruby, second criteria being clarity. The ruby is one of the four precious gemstones: diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire and  is quite hard - 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Where Does the Ruby Come From?

For hundreds of years Myanmar (the modern day Burma) was the main source of deep red rubies. Today ruby also comes from India, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam, Pakistan, Macedonia and even Greenland.

Most of the rubies on the market are treated to enhance their color;  a genuine ruby in a deep rich color, like the famous Myanmar ruby, is relatively rare and commands high fees.

Specific Properties of a Ruby

The ruby has many properties attributed to it - many of them might be fuelled by passion or imagination due by its luscious color! Let's look into the most popular properties of ruby, the ones that cross all cultural and time boundaries.

Vitality and Life Force. With its rich fiery color, the ruby has the power to increase one's vitality, or life force (Chi).  The fiery ruby can warm up one's energy, balance and strengthen it.

Protection and Wealth. Ruby has always been associated with wealth (partially because it was a stone of the wealthy). It is also associated with protection from harm and thought to bring assurance and calm.

Love and Passion. The ruby has a more extended use as an engagement and wedding stone than the diamond! Its energy evokes passion and love that does not fade away, thus it served as a perfect commitment stone.

Of course, there are many other properties associated with the ruby, some quite esoteric and certainly hard to prove, such as keeping one safe from poison or bad spirits.

Throughout the centuries and in many cultures, here are the qualities most often attributed to this beautiful stone.

A ruby: 

  • Gives courage
  • Attracts friendships
  • Awakens sexual energy
  • Helps with self love
  • Cleanses the blood
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Helps open heart and emotionally connect
  • Helps in manifestation
  • Stimulates creativity
  • Dispels sadness
  • Increases concentration and motivation
  • Builds confidence
  • Helps overcome exhaustion
  • Builds endurance
  • Attracts commitment
  • Reduces fears

The ruby is considered the birthstone of those born in the month of July, the most fiery and hot month of the year (in the Northern hemisphere, of course!)

Throughout centuries, the ruby was often mistaken for garnet, red tourmaline or spinel, so these are three other stones with somewhat similar properties to ruby that you can look into if you are attracted to the energy of ruby but cannot afford one at the moment.

If you are ready to buy a ruby, always best to buy a real ruby versus a synthetic one (there are many lab made rubies on the market, be sure to ask your jeweler about the origin of your ruby.)