Ruby, the king of precious gems, is the birthstone for fortunate folks born in July. Due to its deep red colour, ruby has long been associated with the life force and vitality of blood. It is believed to amplify energy, heighten awareness, promote courage and bring success in wealth, love and battle.
Symbolic of passion, protection and prosperity, the ruby has been revered since ancient times.
Rubies have been particularly prized in Asian countries. Records suggest that rubies were traded along China’s North Silk Road as early as 200 B.C. Chinese noblemen adorned their armour with rubies because they believed the gem would grant protection. They also buried rubies beneath building foundations to secure good fortune.
Many cultures also admired ruby as a symbol of love and passion. Rubies have long been considered the perfect wedding gem.
Though ruby has a long history, it wasn’t recognised as a variety of corundum until 1800. Prior to that, red spinel, tourmaline, and garnet were also believed to be ruby. Even the Black Ruby, one of the famed crown jewels of England, was considered one of the largest cut rubies until determined to be spinel.
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