Just what are the special properties, of the Ruby as a birthstone? Fire for one. Emotion is another. The Sapphire Ruby is not just the birthstone for July though. It’s also the wedding anniversary gem for the 15th and 40th years of marriage between a man and a woman.
If you’ve ever looked a Ruby close up it appears to have a kind of fiery luminosity which is said to come from the stones eternal flame. It is for this reason that the ruby is considered as a symbol of everlasting love. When worn on the left hand it reported to have amazing powers and shall bring the wearer good fortune. Many folks also go for the ruby as their stone of choice when buying an engagement ring. The actual word ‘ruby’ derives from the Latin word ‘ruber’ which simply translates as ‘red’, and this stunning stone can be found in a range of reds.
Ruby mining has a very long recorded history which dates back more than 2,500 years according to the ancient scripts. The Ruby is also known as the Lord of the gems by the ancient Hindus and is recorded as one of the most highly prized gemstones throughout the history of time. The desirable gem can be found in the following locations throughout the world: Afghanistan; Australia; Burma; Cambodia; India; Kenya; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Tanzania; Tanzania; Thailand; and the United States of America.
Another quality of the Ruby gemstone is its durability which is only surpassed by diamond. Superstition has it that those viewing a ruby should do so with respect, and equally, if you own a ruby it should be worn and not locked away, otherwise it could lose its fiery glow, passion, and special powers.
There are many legends and superstitions regarding these beautiful stones but I hope this short article has given you a little more insight and respect for one of natures finer gems.