While it would be predictable to describe the ruby’s gem family, its composition, and the usual trivia, today we’ll delve into ruby’s most compelling attribute, its intense red colour.
Red is the colour of emotions, intense emotions like love and anger, passion and fury. Ruby is often associated with objects of power and desire like a Ferrari Testarossa, for example. Some cultures even believed that rubies contained the power of life, like the blood in our veins.
Throughout history, rubies have enjoyed significant popularity. For example, in the Bible, the ruby is associated with beauty and wisdom. In Roman times, it was admired for its hardness and density. Around what is now India, those who offered rubies to Krishna were granted rebirth as emperors. In ancient Sanskrit, the ruby is called “ratnaraj,” which means “king of precious stones.”
Ruby’s name comes from the Latin “ruber,” red and has often been referred to as the most precious of the 12 stones created by God. It was also the most sought-after gem of the European royalty and upper classes. It was attributes properties like health, wisdom, wealth, and most of all, success in love!
Today, as throughout history, rubies continue to be very trendy. With Valentine’s Day on its way, there is no better gift than a piece of jewelry with a magnificent ruby with which to express your love, desire, and burning passion.
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