Ruby History

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Ruby

Ruby is deemed to be the most precious of gemstones by the Bible and the ancient Sanskrit writings. To the ancients, ruby was known as "the king of gems". To some it was a representation of the sun. To others it represented integrity, devotion, happiness, healing, courage, romance, generosity, inspiration, and prosperity. According to legend, warriors implanted rubies under their skin to bring valor in battle. As a talisman, ruby would warn its owner against danger and disaster.

Ruby is mentioned as one of the twelve precious stones created by God when he created mankind. It is mentioned in "Lapidaire en Vers" of Philippe de Valois that Ruby, the lord of gems was given to Aaron on the command of Jesus Christ. It adorned Aaron's breastplate and was a symbol of Judah. Christian leaders also loved rubies right from the medieval period. During this period rubies were considered even more valuable than diamonds. In 16th century these were priced 8 times higher than other stones. Great Poets and authors from Chaucer to Shakespeare have written extensively in the praise of the ruby's beauty and brilliance.

The price of wisdom is above rubies, says Job in the Bible, implying that rubies were highly prized in his time. Indeed, the respect and appreciation for rubies has always transcended all geographical boundaries and social class.

In the Christian Book of Proverbs it states: "A capable, intelligent and virtuous woman, who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies." The choice of rubies as the penultimate standard of value is not a coincidence: Rarer than diamonds, and with a color that has variously symbolized blood, anger, love, courage, fire and royalty, rubies have played a part in the myths and imaginations of cultures around the world throughout written history, and before. The history of ruby mining can be traced as early as 2500 BC. Pre-historic tools found near the mining areas of Burma may suggest that man's fascination with rubies predates language itself.

The ruby as a color of heart has also inspired passion and romance for centuries. It was also considered to have magical properties invoking good fortune for the wearer.

ďA drop of the heartís blood of Mother EarthĒ is how the ruby is described in the Orient. The Indians call the ruby Ratnanayaka, the lord of the gemstones. The Hindus called the ruby the king of precious stones and the leader of gems. In China, a Mandarinís rank was indicated by the color of the stone in his ruby ring. A red jewel stone meant he was a key figure among the great.

Sir John Mandeville in his fourteenth century treatise mentioned several virtues of the Ruby. According to him those who possess the brilliant specimen are assured of peace and harmony. They would be protected from their enemies and the stone would guide their houses and property. The treatise advised the wearer to set the ruby in a ring or a bracelet and for best results it should be worn on the left side of the body.

Ruby is the birthstone of July. Since Ruby represents romance and devotion, it is an excellent choice for an engagement ring. It is the traditional wedding anniversary gift for a couple's 15th and 40th year.

It is associated with Tuesday, summer season and St Mathew.

Ruby is known as the  "Stone of Nobility", gathering and amplifying energy while promoting and stimulating mental concentration.  It can improve ones success in disputes, encouraging gentleness and discouraging violence. It has been used to induce stability in ones economic status, assist one in changing ones world, promoting creativity, and expansiveness in awareness and manifestation.

(Astrological Signs of Leo, Scorpio, Cancer, Sagittarius)

Vibrates to the number 3

Medicinal Lore

Rubies have been used in the treatment of fevers, and heart disorders related to blood flow through the ventricles.  It can be used to decrease the amount of time it takes for toxins to exit the body.

 

Metaphysical Lore

Ruby brings integrity, devotion and happiness. It also enhances generosity and brings prosperity. Ruby brings and increases romantic love. Ruby is a stone that has been known to be very protective of home, worldly possession, children, and psychic protection. It is a stone of high energy and power that promotes healing on all levels. Ruby is associated with the root chakra., but also stimulates the Heart Chakra, encouraging the loving emotional side toward nurturing, bringing spiritual wisdom, health, knowledge and wealth.

 

 

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