The ancient writers described ruby as having the power to shine in the absence of all light. Ruby is written about in the book of Job, in the Proverbs and the Bible. The breastplate of the high priest is said to have rubies. It was also a crystal mentioned by the Prophet Isaiah in his book.
Ruby is a crystal engraved deeply into history, adorning royalty with it’s rich, passionate and fiery brilliance. The history of rubies is recorded in ancient Sanskrit writings. The name ruby is derived from the Latin word for red - rubrum. Rubies are discussed by Marco Polo in his writings. In prehistoric eastern cultures, the ruby protected from enemy strikes. Oriental mythology held that if a ruby lost its color and brilliance, it was indicating danger in the near future or the presence of poison.
In addition, the crown of Charles IV of Luxembourg from the 1300s held a ruby that was an astronomical 250 carats. The Smithsonian is home to a 137 carat cabochon star ruby. Unfortunately, some of the most famous rubies in history have turned out to be a red spinel. During these times, it was common for a red spinel to be confused with a ruby. Ruby is the most valuable member of the corundum family (second being sapphire). In fact, large rubies have been known to bring more money at auctions than the most flawless diamonds, because of their exclusive gemstone quality.
Lore: Ruby has the ability to inspire courage, bring prosperity and passion. It helps to develop the gifts of intuition and various psychic gifts, while increasing the connection to angelic beings, animal totems and spiritual entities. Rubies promote generosity, creativity, spirituality, wisdom and prosperity, while providing protection.
Healing: Ruby brings cheerfulness to oneself, but also is a crystal for restoration and survival. Ruby has the ability to influence and stimulate various emotions of sexual energy and eliminate nightmares.
Rubies have the ability to bring ease from fevers, aches and pains, while improving the circulation of blood, which help in the healing process of anemia, menstruation, rheumatism, arthritis, spasms and blood diseases. They influence the heart chakra and are ideally worn for the astrological signs of Cancer, Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius. The gemstone is more well-known as the birthstone of those born in July. Rubies make the perfect traditional gift for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
Fact: The most expensive ruby sold was a ‘pigeon’s blood red’ 8.62-carat cushion-cut ruby. Impressively, the ruby was an unheated Burmese stone that sold for $3,637,480 ($425,000 per carat). The gemstone was eventually purchased by Laurence Graff at Christie's, and set in a Bulgari rectangular-shaped diamond bombé mounted ring (2006, Geneva).