- The name “ruby” comes from the Latin word ruber, which means “red.” The glowing red of the ruby suggests an everlasting flame in the stone with the ability to shine through clothing and boil water.
- The ruby is considered one the oldest gemstones, dating back to as early as 200 B.C.
- The Chinese noblemen adorned their armor with rubies to protect them. Rubies were also buried beneath foundation to bring good fortune.
- The Greeks believed the fiery warmth of rubies could melt wax.
- The Ancient Hindus believed by offering rubies to their god, Krishna, they would be reborn as emperors.
- Burma, now called Myanmar, an Asian region, has been considered the capital for mining rubies since 600 A.D. The warriors of its time believed by implanting rubies into their skin, the fiery red gem would protect them in battle. The Burmese “blood red” ruby is the most expensive gem per carat in the world. Supposedly, the mines in Burma were depleted, and mining in the Mong Hsu region of Myanmar began producing rubies in the 1990s. Not like the Burmese ruby, these rubies are treated with heat to improve their rich red hue creating the saturation and transparency of the gem.
- The most desirable ruby is from Burma, not treated, scarce and extremely valuable.
- I chose the ruby for the cover this month to celebrate July—those born in July, it’s your birthstone. Also, it’s one of my favorite gems. It symbolizes passion, protection, prosperity and was considered for centuries the perfect wedding gem. Many Europeans wore rubies to guarantee good health, wealth, wisdom and success in love.
I think we all want good health, wealth, wisdom in our years and, most importantly, success in love. Historically, the ruby has been written by many to symbolize love.
“They brought me rubies from the mine,
And held them to the sun;
I said, they are drops of frozen wine
From Eden’s vats that run.
I looked again,-I thought them hearts
Of friends to friends unknown;
Tides that should warm each neighboring life
And locked in sparkling stone.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson