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.
Earth to Pocket
Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.
These Ruby were mined and tumbled in India.
The owner of the tumbling company is one of my very favorite suppliers. He has been in the business for over twenty years and has some of the most gorgeous tumbled stones available. He sells only once a year at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona.
It is now my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Ruby for you.
This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Ruby or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Ruby measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges.
The stone I pick for you will be smooth and free of chips and a beautiful bright red, almost red-orange, color. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their beautiful color and clean energies, these Rubies are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry or simply carry them in your pocket.
What You Should Know:
- Ruby can be used in elixirs and oil essences – it is safe to drink “Ruby water” or bathe in it.
- Ruby can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
- Ruby can be energetically cleansed with fresh or salt water. Soaking in moonlight, starlight or smudging with smoke (typically sage) is also effective.. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Safe Handling of Ruby
Ruby contains Aluminum and as such should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Ruby water” for drinking or bathing. Having too much Aluminum in the body is toxic, and drinking direct-infusion elixirs of Aluminum-derived stones is dangerous. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
Good To Know:
Ruby are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.
Ruby can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Ruby can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Ruby can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color, especially if the stone is opaque, rather than translucent or transparent. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
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