Feel strong, brave and energized.
Attract abundance in all areas.
Follow your bliss wherever it leads.
Protect, nurture and love yourself.
Let Ruby encourage you to love fiercely!
Mineralogy of Red Ruby
Mineral Family: Oxides
Chemical Composition: Al2 O3
Crystal System: Hexagonal-trigonal
Form/Habit: Pyramidal, prismatic barrel-shaped
Fracture: Small conchoidal, splintery, brittle
Hardness: 9 (second hardest, after diamond)
Luminescence: Red (long and short wave)
Luster: Viterous (glassy) to adamantine (brilliant shine)
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: The most important deposits are in Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Additional deposits are found in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, India, Cambodia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the United States (Montana and North Carolina), Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Formation: Rubies typically grow in metamorphic rocks. Because mining from primary deposits is not economically profitable, most rubies are mined in secondary deposits, located downstream from the primary deposit where they were formed.
Mining: Because of its weight, ruby is generally easy to separate from river gravels and can be picked out by hand. In many locations production methods are still primitive. In the most important deposits, mechanized machinery is used above and underground. Only 1% of all rubies recovered are gem quality and used in fine jewelry.
Enhancements: Lab created ruby is widely available in the fine gemstone market. Tumbled stones are almost certain to be fully natural, regardless of the shade of color.
History of Ruby
Ruby has been one of the most prized gemstones through history. It is included in all major lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Uniquely, it is also referenced in the Holy Books of all five of the world’s major religions!
In the Bible and Torah, Ruby is listed as the first of the twelve stones which decorated the breastplate of the High Priest of ancient Israel. The design for the Breastplate was given by God to Moses, whose brother Aaron was the first to wear it. Each of the gemstones on the Breastplate were inscribed with the symbol for one of the Twelves Tribes of Israel. Ruby was most likely inscribed with the Tribe of Judah, the father of ancient Israel’s royal family. In the Qur’an, it is said that Allah created Rubies, and so every gemstone is sacred – a reminder to view all of creation with reverence. Rubies are also sacred to Buddhists, who nicknamed the gemstone, “Tears of Buddha”. In countries were Ruby is mined, it is often used to decorate statues of the Buddha, often placed on the forehead to symbolize the Third Eye, or else placed in the naval.
In the ancient Vedic texts, revered by followers of the Hindu faith, Rubies were the blood of the demon god Vala. According to the story, Vala once took the form of a stone cave where stolen cows were hidden. Indra, the leader of the demigods, split Vala apart, killing him and freeing the cows. Vala’s body was scattered across the earth and his various body parts were transformed into a variety of gemstones. Vala’s blood was taken by Surya, the sun-god who attempted to flee with it. But Ravana, the god-king of Sri Lanka, called up a solar eclipse to block Surya’s flight. The sun god was so startled that he dropped the blood, and where it fell, Ruby mines can now be found.
According to another Indian legend, the Creator god first created Ruby, and then mankind. A dark red Ruby symbolizes the masculine life force, while bright red representes the feminine life force. In yet another southeast Asian legend, a sacred serpent once laid three priceless eggs. When the first egg hatched, the Mughal Emperor of India sprang out. The second egg contained the Emperor of China. The last egg was the most important of all, and when it hatched open, the Ruby Mines of Burma came into being.
In many legends, both in India and in Europe, it was thought that high-quality Rubies had a special light shining from within them. So bright in fact, that this light could shine through clothing! The light was said to help water boil faster, offered protection from all manner of harm and misfortune, and invited the gods to dwell close to the owner’s heart. Among all the various gods, Krishna is said to love Rubies the most. It is believed among some of Krishna’s devotees, that if a large Ruby was given to a shrine of Krishna, that giver would be reborn in their next life as an emperor. A gift of a small Ruby would still ensured a return as a king!
Rubies have been prized possessions among the world’s royalty and nobility for ages. For many centuries, it was considered in Europe to be one of the ‘Five Cardinal Gemstones’, comparable only with Diamond, Sapphire, Emerald, and Amethyst. Around the year 1800, geologists determined that Ruby and Sapphire are actually different colors of the same mineral, Corundum. The name Ruby is still used to designate Corumdums that range from deep crimson to pale rose-red, sometimes with a faint purple tinge. All other shades of Corundum, are called Sapphire, regardless of whether they are blue, green, pink, orange, or any other color of the rainbow. The name Corundum also has a Latin root, from Carbunclus – the original Latin name for Ruby.
At around the same time that geologists learned that Ruby and Sapphire were the same stone, they also recognized that not all red gemstones were in fact Rubies. Up until this time, any brilliant red jewel was simply called a Ruby. In fact, sometimes these red stones were actually Garnets, Spinals, or Tourmalines. The most famous example of this is the “Black Prince’s Ruby”, the large red stone that dominates the English crown jewels. It was acquired in 1367 by the “Black Prince”, Crown Prince Edward (1330-1376) after he helped Don Pedro the Cruel of Castille (1334-1369) put down a Spanish revolt. Don Pedro gave the Black Prince the prized “Ruby” in return for his aid. The stone was eventually placed in the forefront of the Imperial State Crown for the coronation of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). By that time, the monarchy knew the jewel was actually a Spinal, but chose not to rename the stone. Spinal is also very rare, and this specific jewel is the 2nd largest Spinal ever found, so its still a prize indeed!
The most expensive Ruby ever sold at auction is the Sunrise Ruby. Weighing 25.29 carats and a brilliant pigeon blood red, it sold for over $30 million dollars in May 2016 to an anonymous buyer. The jewel was named after a poem by Rumi, a 13th century mystic poet.
The Sunrise Ruby
Healing Properties of Ruby
Spiritual: Ruby kindles in us an intense desire to live our lives fully alive! It encourages us to be more spontaneous, curious, brave and willing to follow our bliss wherever it may lead. Ruby is an essentially positive and life-affirming stone, and thus has no patience for self-destructive behaviors or victim-mentality. Ruby protects against negative energy and encourages us to either transform or let go of anything that does not make us happy or help us grow. Ruby infuses spiritual energy into our everyday lives, and can show us how to live from a spiritual place without needing to retreat from the wider world. Ruby is incredible talisman for manifestation, teaching us how to transform our thoughts and desires, into physical reality. Ruby is attuned to the Root and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Cancer, Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius. It is connected to the elements of Earth and vibrates to the number 3.
Emotional: Ruby is a passionate stone that attracts love and friendship, and can helps us to build and maintain healthy relationships. Ruby can also help us to explore our feelings and beliefs about ourselves, especially in regards to body image and/or having the right to feel certain emotions or have various desires. For anyone who feels unworthy or guilty for being who they are, Ruby offers reassurance and affirmation. It is especially good for soothing survivor guilt and holds us safely during PTSD episodes. Ruby acts as a light in the darkness, leading us back to joy whenever we have been caught up in negative emotions. It reminds us that life is good and that we are more powerful and capable than we know.
Mental: Ruby encourages us to be actively involved in our communities and to enjoy social activities. It stimulates our mind, helping us to stay engaged, thoughtful, and able to perform well under pressure. Ruby encourages us to cultivate a sense of nobility, leading by example and taking care of those in need. It reminds us to act according to our true values, rather than just for our base self-interest, and to nurture the best parts of ourselves and our world. Ruby encourages creativity, goal-setting, and active problem-solving. It is also a wonderful abundance stone, helping us to become more wealthy and to know how to use that wealth in positive ways.
Physical: Ruby is used by metaphysical healers to treat the physical heart, circulatory system, infertility, and low energy. It is believed to stimulate the immune system, particular fevers which help to fight off infections. It is an excellent stone for exploring any conscious and unconscious beliefs that unfortunately manifest into physical problems. Ruby can help us release these negative beliefs and change our lifestyle so that it support our health and happiness.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Ruby
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Ruby was artisanally-mined near Mysuru, Karnataka, India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Ruby was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous. Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains. But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind. He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.
He took time to talk to me about the stones. They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines. When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge. He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.
I looked forward to a long business relationship with him. He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.
I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father. This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business. The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner. Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her. The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source. More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry.
Ruby Tumbled Stone
Color: Dark Red. This is a 100 % natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days, while International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Ruby
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