When the warmth of summer envelopes us and the sun shines brightly in the sky, July brings with it a birthstone as passionate and vibrant as the month itself – the magnificent Ruby! Known as the “King of Gems”, Ruby has captivated hearts and minds for centuries with its fiery red allure and remarkable properties. Here we delve into some of the many wonders hidden within this mesmerizing birthstone.
The Ruby is a red variety of the mineral corundum, which is also the mineral that forms sapphires. The rich red hue of this beautiful stone is caused by the presence of chromium. The finest Rubies are said to originate from Burma, all though they are also minded in Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Brazil, and the United States. The Burmese Rubies are said to exhibit a pure, intense red colour, and are referred to as “Pigeon Blood Rubies”, named as such because they are said to resemble the first drops of blood from the nose of a dead pigeon. Gross, I know but hey, I don’t make this stuff up!
Rubies are one of the hardest gemstones, ranking 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. They rank just below diamonds which are the hardest gemstones at 10 (see my April 2023 blog post about diamond). Their hardness makes them extremely durable and perfect for everyday wear in various types of jewelry. Their remarkable toughness and resistance to scratching ensure that these precious little gems can stand the test of time and be passed down as heirlooms for generations.
From an emotional perspective, Ruby has long been associated with passion, love, and vitality. It is believed to ignite the flame of love within one’s heart and deepen the bonds in a relationship. The intense red colour symbolized desire and affection, making it a popular choice for engagement rings and anniversary gifts.
This gemstone is said to amplify feelings and emotions, fostering courage and confidence. By wearing or carrying a Ruby, one may experience increased self-assurance and enhanced sense of purpose. Additionally, Ruby is thought to alleviate emotional pain and promote a sense of emotional balance and stability.
Beyond its physical and emotional attributes, Ruby holds deep spiritual significance in various cultures and belief systems. Throughout history, this gem has been associated with nobility, power, and protection. Ancient civilizations believed that Ruby could ward off misfortune and shield its wearer from harm. According to ancient legend in Burma, inserting a Ruby into one’s flesh would make one invulnerable. In the Middle Ages, Ruby symbolized good health, could resolve disagreements, and remove negative thoughts.
Ruby is linked to the root chakra, which governs our sense of security and stability. By aligning with this energy center, Ruby is believed to stimulate vitality, inner strength, and a strong connection to the earth. It may also help in awakening one’s dormant spiritual potential and encouraging a deeper understanding of life’s mysteries.
Harnessing the Energy of Ruby
For those wishing to incorporate the enchanting energy of Ruby, into their lives, here are some suggestions to help do so.
You can find Ruby jewelry at any find jewelers. What makes most sense for you? A beautiful ring? Perhaps you prefer a necklace, bracelet, or earrings. Who says you have to choose only one? Why not a whole set so you can benefit from the physical and emotional attributes while making a bold fashion statement?
During meditation, hold a Ruby in your hand. Or maybe you could wear Ruby in all that jewelry you just invested in! Whatever way you choose to have the Ruby close to your body, it will enhance the spiritual experience, encouraging grounding and open the root chakra.
Place Ruby in your living space (or if you’re like me, slip it under your pillow at night) to infuse the environment with passionate and positive energy.
Remember, unless you are wearing Ruby in jewelry, you don’t have to have a Pigeon’s Blood Ruby in order to experience its beautiful energy and many benefits. A nice raw piece of Ruby works just as well as an expense piece of jewelry. Whether you wear it as an elegant accessory or incorporate it into your spiritual practices, you can enjoy the fiery spirit of passion, love, and vitality that Ruby embodies.