"The gleaming ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they'll be exempt and free,
From lover's doubts and anxiety."

The word ruby is derived from the Latin ‘ruber’, meaning red. This name was once used to describe all red stones, including red spinel, red tourmaline and red garnet. 

The ruby is among the most highly prized of gemstones: large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires, therefore their value increases with size more than any other gemstone.

In the Orient, rubies were once believed to contain the spark of life - ”a deep drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth”. Ancient Orientals believed that the ruby was self-luminous; they called it “glowing stone” or “lamp stone.”  It’s said that an Emperor of China once used a large ruby to light his chamber, where it glowed as bright as day. Hindu priests believed that the homes of the gods were lit by enormous emeralds and rubies.  

Ancient Hindus, Burmese and Ceylonese regarded sapphires as unripe rubies, believing that if they buried the sapphire in the ground, it would mature to a rich red ruby.

ruby_raw1.jpgIn the Middle Ages, rubies were thought to bring good health, as well as guard against wicked thoughts, amorous desires and disputes. Rubies, along with other types of red stones, were said to cure bleeding. it was ALSO believed that the ruby held the power to warn its owner of coming misfortunes, illness or death, by turning darker in color. It is said that Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, predicted her downfall in seeing the darkening of her ruby.

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