Where Rubies are found
Rubies have a rich history spanning over 2,500 years captivating everyone who has had the pleasure of encountering it. Even though they are found in almost all parts of the world, that doesn’t mean it’s appreciated any less. The stone has had thousands of years of exposure to different cultures, highlighting its popularity and creating a snowball effect. The luxurious red stones are now the most popular out of all the colored gemstones. Whether you believe the ruby’s protective and revitalizing powers or are simply drawn towards its mystique and beauty, a ruby is a wonderful addition to any jewelry lover’s collection.
Rubies are the rarest gemstones from the corundum mineral species, famed for its hardness, durability and rarity. The name comes from the Latin word “ruber” meaning red. Chromium, a trace element found in ruby is responsible for the variation in the gemstone’s color. A ruby’s color can range from orange-red to purplish-red. The more chromium, the stronger the redness is. Certain rubies with higher iron content will have a darker color and will be shine less as iron eliminates the glow.
Red is the color that best represents our intense emotions: anger, fury, passion, and love. Our blood is also red and ancient civilizations sometimes treasured rubies for holding the power of life. It isn’t hard to see why there’s such mysticism surrounding this gem, one look at its color would automatically evoke thoughts of power and virility, its glow seemingly holding an inner fire. Quoting the famous American mineralogist George Frederick Kunz, “The flashing and ruddy light of the ruby suggested an igneous origin, and induced the belief that rubies were generated by a fire from heaven, in other words, by the lightning flash”. The belief was so strong that if a ruby was cast into water, people were certain the liquid would boil.
Mystical powers such as protection against negative energy, vampirism, psychic attack and increasing a person’s strength were attributed to rubies. Medicinal usages including blood detoxification, prevention against starvation and protection from the plague all added to rubies popularity.
Burmese soldiers used to embed rubies into their flesh before battle to ensure their safety and victory. The Chinese believed rubies to be a self-illuminating stone and even the Chinese Emperor himself would use a ruby to light his room up. In the middle ages, rubies were thought to bring good health, guard against sexual desires and even help resolve disputes. Abilities of precognition were also linked to rubies as a stone turning darker would signal the owners
MOHS HARDENESS SCALE
9 / 10
SPECIFIC GRAVITY WEIGHT
3.97 to 4.05