The ruby, coveted worldwide, is radiant red and unique. The appealing gemstone is not only popular as a gemstone, but is also mentioned in various millennia-old records from the Bible to the ancient Indian Sanskrit scriptures. The red gemstone has been mined in Indian mines since the Bronze Age, around 2000 BC, and is still a coveted gemstone in the South Asian state to this day - light variants for women, darker specimens for men. In ancient China, social status was indicated by the intensity of the stone set in a ring.
Ruby: Traditional use and meaning
Life force, blood and the powerful element of fire are what have always been associated with the intensely colored ruby in all cultures. So it is not surprising that the beautiful gemstone is also known in the oriental-speaking world as a "drop of blood from the heart of mother earth". In stone science, the ruby is used to support vitality and to find inner strength. The courage that the stone is supposed to give can also be used to dissolve barriers in love and to discover a new passion.
Guide to inner strength
support of vitality
Dissolving barriers in love
Ruby: color and transparency
Ruby's name derives from the Latin word "rubens" for red. In this same color, the ruby can appear in many different ways. The blood red is well-known and coveted, but lighter specimens and stones in deep brown-red can also be found. The hard gem can be transparent or opaque.
Ruby: Cleanse, discharge and charge
The ruby should always be kept separately after purchase, as it is classified as a very hard gemstone and can leave unwanted scratch marks on softer stones or pieces of jewellery. Despite its hardness, the ruby must not be cleaned with harsh cleaning agents. It is better to rinse the gemstone under running, lukewarm water after each use. Sunbathing for around two hours recharges the ruby with new strength.