Rubies have long held the position King of Gems. Throughout history royalty has coveted the ruby as a representative of wealth and power.
Royalty uses the ruby to adorn coronation rings, crowns, and scepters. In fact, Duchess of York was given a ruby engagement ring by Prince Andrew in 1986.
The ruby is the rarest of gemstones. Because of their rarity they are most often cut into ovals or cushion shapes with the rough. They are also cut into rounds with the rough removed. These are the most valuable and pricey cuts.
Second to rarity, color is the most important factor of value. The most desired color is a medium dark red or purplish red. Though still beautiful, lighter reds tend to have more purple or orange tones. A ruby any other color is a sapphire or fancy-color sapphire.
Everyone knows the diamond is the hardest gemstone known to man. In fact, the ruby holds this title as well. It is a hardy and durable gemstone that withstands the daily wear and tear.
Folklore tells us rubies have the ability to arouse the senses and promote romance. Gemnation.com writes, rubies promote “integrity, devotion, happiness, healing, courage, generosity, inspiration, and prosperity.”
Looking for wealth or success in love? Seek out and wear a ruby; at least that is what ancient tales promote.
If you are going into battle, place rubies under the skin to promote valor. Some believed grinding the stone into powder and placing on the tongue to stop bleeding and promote healing.
Modern technology uses rubies for laser science, watch workings, and turntables. Because the average size of a ruby is smaller than other gemstones they are suited for other applications.
Rubies Equal Romance
What you need to know about rubies and sparking romance includes stone color, hue, saturation, and cut.
The color alone elicits romantic, passionate feelings. As the birthstone of July, it is the perfect representation of devotion and deep feeling.
The deep hue and saturation of the stone coupled with its rarity represent the gift of love. Though the diamond rules as the stone of choice for soon-to-be brides; a ruby is an excellent option.