Ruby is a pink to blood red gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). Its name comes from ‘rubeus’, Latin for red. In Sanskrit, this radiant red stone is also known as ‘Ratnaraj’, which literally means ‘King of the Gemstones’. It is the stone of India. Ruby is a real gem when it is completely clear, without any flaws. It is considered one of the four precious stones, together with sapphire, emerald and diamond.
Ruby is a stone of nobility. Traditionally, it symbolizes power and a strong sense of vitality. Its red color is radiant and warm; positive and selfless when it is well used. The energy of ruby is intense and vivid. Ruby is a good help for weak people in order to gain more perseverance. The stone is useful against melancholy and fatigue, it activates, stimulates the will to live, encourages and strengthens the heart, the circulation, and tissue regeneration. Ruby alleviates physical coldness, chronic fatigue and low vitality. A useful stone for removing blocked energies in the reproductive system.
Ruby is less suitable for active, excited types, it will often create jealousy, healing, aggression and abuse of power. So choose a ruby with care. Ask yourself precisely why you feel attracted to its red color. Is it because you recognize something in the stone? Then it may be better to wear an antagonistic (blue) stone. If you want to attract empowerment and decisiveness, then it’s good to choose for a ruby. Ruby is also a pleasant stone to wear to get some extra strength after a difficult period.
If you experience apathy or disconnection from others, then ruby will teach you to become a vehicle through which divine love and joy can enter your life and touch those around you. Ruby brings love, confidence, loyalty, and courage into your life.
The brightest and best ruby’s are called ‘pigeon blood red’. There is however a difference between the very pure, clear gem ruby, and the dense semi-precious ruby. The bright one grants more mental strength, while the dense one is aimed at strengthening the physical body. The clear gem is a very precious stone to buy, but the more dense species are very affordable.