July: Get that glowing ‘ruby’ blush!
The glowing ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Thus they’ll be exempt and free
From love’s doubts and anxiety.
The Bible says: Wisdom is more precious than rubies. Is that what’s stopping you from owning a ruby yourself? Surely that’s easier to quote when there’s a shimmering ruby necklace adorning your neck? It’s July and it’s the month where you drape yourself in rubies. And then let the stone do its work.
The precious stone of ruby is associated with integrity, devotion, courage, and joy. Wearing it is believed to enhance positivity and positive thoughts, activate the flow of chi or life-force, and instill in one the ‘joy of life’.The stone—a shielding crystal—while exuding confidence and verve to the wearer, is also believed to guard against impure thoughts and disputes as well as change colour as a warning against danger or misfortune. In ancient days warriors used to embellish their weapons, sheaths, and armour with rubies in the belief that it would strengthen him and ward off harm. It has also been worn as amulets and charms. Keeping a ruby under your pillow is even believed to ward off bad dreams.
The vibrant red stone has been held in high esteem across the world from the days of yore. An old lore from the Orient speaks of the ruby as containing “a deep drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth”. While Eastern legends also refer to the ruby as the “lamp stone”, since it glowed as bright as day; in India it is believed that rubies and emeralds were used to light up the homes of the gods. Greek legends too speak of a ruby that was brilliant enough to illuminate the goddess’ room at night.
Any reading-up of the history of rubies will reveal how they were considered as the perfect wedding stone. These vibrant red stones have been associated with love, marriage, and royalty. Much cause to shift from the trending diamond and go for a ruby as an engagement ring or Valentine’s Day gift, we feel.
The word ruby is derived from the Latin word ‘ruber’, which means red. The stone is a member of the corundum (kurivinda in Sanskrit) family. It is a pink to blood-red coloured stone with the blood-red colour commanding a premium over others. Much like the diamond, the ruby too is graded by the four Cs—colour, cut, clarity, carat.The geographic origin of the stone also plays a role in determining its value. Burmese rubies are classified as being of the highest quality. However, the gems are fast depleting in Burma, and Thailand is taking its place in availability.
If the Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan could offer an entire city in exchange for a ruby—a sparkling nine-inch long beauty—and the King of Ceylon could insist that he would never part with it for all the treasures of the world, surely this is a stone worth owning.