Ruby – July’s Birthstone
RUBY, RUBY, RUBY, RUBY……
Rubies are pink to blood-red coloured gems which are of the mineral “corundum” family, AND are actually sapphires. Red sapphires are rubies and blue sapphires are sapphires!
The word ruby comes from ruber, Latin for red and they are considered the king of the gemstones, its deep hue of red is one of the most valuable gemstones, due to its rarity. Its colour and magnificent brilliance is perfect for adorning royal families all over the globe.
They are associated with fire and blood, it’s the gemstone of passion, and love and are believed to promote a clear mind, increase concentration and motivation, bring power and self-confidence, which in turn can allow the wearer to prosper and achieve great things.
Rubies are said to stimulate the heart, heightening sensual feelings, increasing desire and sexual energy, but also in relationships it signifies a passionate, faithful commitment, which is why it’s a great option to give a bride (and a groom!) on their wedding day.
In ancient times, wearers of rubies would be warned of impending danger, and be kept safe, and all sadness and foolish thoughts would be banned – what a lovely idea for those that are setting off on their travels.
Due to its association with blood, healers believe that it aids conditions associated with the heart and stimulates circulation. It’s helpful for treating fever and infections, and also can help with your weight, especially if you’re eating is associated with emotions; so if you’re feeling like having a chocolate cake because you’ve had a rubbish day, find those ruby earrings, instead!
They are also linked to the reproductive organs, and thought to help alleviate menstruation pain, disorders linked to the sexual organs, and believed to help during pregnancy - a perfect one for helping to get rid of swelling ankles and feet.
When it comes to love, the properties of rubies also extend to loving yourself, as they are thought to banish any negative feelings that you may have, protecting any sensitive souls, and generally helping you to feel more positive and confident about yourself.
So it really is the king of the gemstones! It’s such a beautiful stone which will instantly draw attention to you (in a good way remember, it’ll make you feel invincible!) and as a feature stone, you can’t really ask for any more.
I love rubies and years ago I “lost” my favourite ruby necklace and turned the house upside down looking for it. A simple string of tiny hand-cut rubies in ombre shades of pink to red (worth about £300). I loved that necklace and was over the moon when it turned up several months later in my then 4-yr old daughter’s jewellery box. My other half had put it in there thinking it was one of hers because of the pink and red sparkly stones in it and she had been happily playing “princesses” with it. I still haven't repaired that necklace – one for my “to do list”!
I love making jewellery with rubies, however the prices are so high I decided to research ruby alternatives, find out more in the next blog!