Rubies are a highly valued and popular gemstone due to their rarity, exceptional beauty, and deep red colour. They are a form of corundum, with the red colour coming from the presence of chromium in the crystal structure. The most valuable rubies are those that are a true, vibrant red colour, with no brown or orange tinge. These are often called "pigeon blood" rubies, and are the most rare and valuable of all.
Rubies are a beautiful and valuable gemstone that have captivated people for centuries.
Rubies are found in many parts of the world, including Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Afghanistan.
Rubies are a very durable and hard gemstone, with a Mohs scale hardness of 9.0, and leave behind a white mark when streaked on a hard surface. They have a subadamantine, vitreous, or pearly lustre which is affected by light and cut quality and can have varying degrees of transparency or translucency, with high-quality rubies being transparent or semi-transparent, allowing light to enhance their deep red colour.
Rubies are believed to have metaphysical properties that can enhance the well-being of the wearer. They are thought to improve energy, concentration, creativity, loyalty, honour, and compassion. Ruby can be protective of the home, possessions, and family, providing a grounding effect to ward off negative energy and protect against harm.
Ruby can stimulate the heart chakra and promote emotional balance, love, and compassion, which are beneficial for personal growth and relationships. Ruby is also thought to provide spiritual wisdom, insight, and protection against psychic attacks and negative influences. Overall, ruby is believed to offer a powerful combination of benefits for the mind, body, and spirit of the wearer.