Ruby - Color, Facts, Power, Mythology, History and Myths

Ruby Last updated : July 20, 2019 6:24 AM

The queen of the gemstones and the most powerful precious stone in the universe, Ruby is largely associated with love, attraction, and passion. It is worn and liked by almost everyone, particularly women. As the color of love is depicted as red, so is the color of this incredibly beautiful stone. The warm red color of Ruby gives the sense of vitality and verve.

Since times immemorial, Ruby has been considered as an undisputed monarch in the world of gemstones. Ruby is a rare stone; even transparent large sizes of Rubies are rarer than Diamonds. One can say that Ruby is a perfect stone as it contains everything that is required to carve a beautiful jewel out of it i.e. the ideal hardness, magnificence, splendid color, and outstanding radiance.

For a long period of almost 2000 years, the classical country of Ruby has been considered as India because of the splendor and luxury of the sovereignty. Ruby was the charm of the emperors and the elite class people in ancient India, which used to add more allure and glamour to their royalty.

Ruby adorns the insignia of a lot of imperial households in the world even today.

Where is Ruby found?

The Mogok valley in upper Myanmar is considered to be the major source of Ruby. This region is famous for the finest Rubies ever mined. The “Pigeon’s Blood” Ruby is the legacy of this area to the world.

Rubies have also been historically mined in the countries, like India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, and Cambodia. The lighter shades of Ruby, which are often termed as “Pink Sapphires” are mined chiefly in Sri Lanka.

Subsequent to the World War II, Ruby deposits were found in Tanzania, Vietnam, Madagascar, Nepal, and Tajikistan.

More recently, a number of deposits of larger Rubies are found in the ice shelves of Greenland. 

Healing Properties

The benefits and healing properties of Ruby that this “Queen of Gemstones” offers to its wearer are:

  • Physical Healing

Ruby is considered as a bloodstone that helps in reinforcing heart, ventricles, coronaries, myocardium and regulates the flow of blood in the body. Being a bloodstone, it is also curative in menstrual troubles, PMS syndrome, and other gynecological issues.

Rubies are also regarded as beneficial for the treatment of sexual dysfunction, reproductive organs, impotence, infertility, and other such concerns.

Ruby is helpful in detoxifying the overall body, curing fever and infections. It stimulates the spleens, kidneys, and adrenals, and aids in the insufficient flow of blood in the body. Rubies may also help in weight loss management.

  • Emotional Healing

Ruby helps the person in getting rid of the relationships that hurt him in the past and motivates him to move on. It spreads the feeling of love in a person. It encourages a person to stay away from anguish, suffering, distress and instills in him the optimism and courageous state of mind.

Ruby also protects and sustains those who have extremely sensitive nature and deformed thinking about themselves. It lets the wearer overpower the fear of being ugly and unloved. It empowers the person the feeling and attitude of loving himself and his body.

  • Spiritual Healing

Ruby takes out one from the darkness and connects him with the spiritual and physical energy that exists in the world. It kindles the feeling of “Following your Happiness”, and delivers lessons that can the attitude of the wearer towards his life.

Ruby supports in linking the energy field of the wearer to the Earth for the purpose of restocking his energy. It is outstanding for grounding and surmounting mental burden, and hence acts as a great support in the times of stress.

  • Chakra Healing

Ruby is basically meant to enlighten the Base Chakra, stimulating the life-force energy in the body. It makes one’s ability and desires strong, and helps in the activation of the Kundalini power.

The root chakra or the base chakra at the bottom of the spine controls the kinesthetic movement and feeling. It is the foundation with which the body feels its spiritual and physical energy in the body. When the balance of the base chakra is out, it results in lethargy, low levels of energy, and less enthusiasm. When the Base Chakra is in equilibrium, the physical body resumes its vigor and endurance, and the spiritual energy in the body is reawakened in the form of safety and feeling of self-confidence.


Ruby Facts

Ruby is the birthstone for the people who are born in July..

  • If Ruby ignites in the darkness, it is considered to be a superior quality stone.
  • The world's largest Ruby is possessed by a Chinese jewelry company. The stone weighs 40920 karat, and measures 5.11 x 5.43 x 5.70 inches.
  • The King of Burma was known as the “Lord of the Rubies” because every Ruby weighing more than 6 karat was claimed by him as his possession.
  • In prehistoric times, Ruby stones were kept beneath the foundation of the building while construction. It was believed that Ruby will strengthen the structure of the building

Types of Rubies

  • Ruby Zoisite

Ruby Zoisite is a unique combination of Ruby in Zoisite crystal, which is also known as “Anyolite”. Anyolite has been derived from a Masai word “any” meaning green. Tanzania is the only source for this unique type of specimen. This combination is filled highly with black hornblende minerals and is in amazing colors of red and green.

Depending on the primary constituent, Ruby-Zoisite can vary in terms of pattern, hardness, and color. The hardness of this amazing amalgamation of stone is in between 6.5 to 7, on Moh’s scale of hardness. However, Ruby has a hardness of 9. In today’s modern world, Ruby in Zoisite is regarded as the most colorful gemstone and is also affordable.

Ruby in Zoisite has the healing power of both Zoisite and Ruby. It enhances the physic abilities in the wearer, amplifies spirituality, and aids in communication with the heavenly bodies. It prevents mood swings and keeps the wearer away from the situations where he/she can over-react.

Ruby in Zoisite can help cure problems allied with the reproductive organs and fertility, in both the genders. It is most cooperative after a miscarriage or hysterectomy. Ruby in Zoisite is also useful in combating infections caused by bacteria.

  • Ruby in Fuchsite

Ruby in Fuchsite is an exquisite blend of natural crystals of Ruby entrenched in pallid to medium green Fuchsite. Amazing in itself, Ruby in Fuchsite unites the qualities of both Ruby and Fuchsite and is a perfect heart stone. Ruby Fuchsite helps in clearing blockages of the Heart Chakra and fills it with optimistic energies. Ruby and Fuchsite mutually make a dominant combination. Ruby in Fuchsite is known especially for balancing and stimulating intuitive powers, and it can also bring a lot of cures in problems, like social issues, stress, physical health, and lifestyle.

Being the stone of the heart, it helps in connecting the mind with the heart. Moreover, it helps in averting hesitation in the wearer from speaking in public.


Metaphysical Properties

The red color that Ruby exhibits is because of the presence of chromium in it. This marvellous stone has derived its name from “Ruber”, which means red in Latin. The other varieties of corundum are Sapphires. Among the four precious stones of the world, Ruby is also the one other than Diamond, Emerald, and Sapphire.

Ruby weighs 9.0 on the Moh’s scale of mineral hardness. It is formed in bipyramidal, prismatic tabular or rhombohedral crystals and has a vitreous gleam. The most valuable Rubies that are found in the shades of bright and luminous red are known as, “Pigeon’s Blood”. All the natural Rubies have some or the other kind of impurities and inclusions of Rutile needles, like silk, into it.

If Rubies are cut in a cabochon, they display the rare cat’s eye or chatoyancy effect.

Ruby at a Glance

Cleavage None
Other Names NA
Crystal Habit Varies with locality. Terminated tabular hexagonal prisms.
Streak White
Refractive Index 1.762-1.77 
Diaphaneity Transparent
Moh's scale (hardness) 9
Sources Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, and Cambodia
Chemical formula Al2O3
Lustre Vitreous
Color Slightly Orangy Red To Strong Red, Slightly To Purplish Red, Brownish Red
Chakra Healing Root or base chakra
Birthstone July
Zodiac Capricorn

Ruby Color

A Ruby is crimson to blood-red colored stone and is a variety of the mineral aluminium oxide, or corundum.

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I have seen this gemstone. Sometimes it reveals red shade and sometimes pink. Is there any difference between these two hues?
Reply on 29/10/14
Hi Sara, thanks for giving your time. Actually ruby comes in 2-3 colors and the hues range from one shade to another even in a single raw form. So, when the people cut it in pieces then color of the raw divides accordingly. The gem piece reveals its own color that it gets from its natural form.
Reply on 3/11/14
Ruby, a king of Gemstones… is beneficial for the people who were born in the month of July or have Capricorn as their Zodiac. Its healing properties are also fruitful. I will gift it to my husband as all its prescriptions are quite similar for which I was searching for him. Thanks Jewelexi.
Reply on 10/11/14
Ruby is a precious gemstone that is well composed of physical, emotional, spiritual and chakra healing properties. I was also searching for the gemstones like this. Should I go for it? Please suggest as I have heard that all the gemstones are not good for every person. It depends upon the birth date and Zodiac of the wearer.
Reply on 21/11/14
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Reply on 31/3/15
so glad I clicked on this site first!
Reply on 7/1/15
I have gone through this article and found it apt...Ruby is my birthstone....i want to tune it up....have also gone through your jewelry section as wish to buy any Ruby jewel ...but i can't find price of any jewelry can i get one of my choice...please help me out..
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Reply on 20/6/15
Some jewels are "Natural red ruby", other are "Red faux ruby", but looks the same. If there is a diference, which is natural stone?

Reply on 17/1/18
Ruby, such a heart throbbing gemstone...I admire it too much. It's my favorite one. Wanna go for a custom design that matches with my dress...Is it possible?
Reply on 11/11/18
Pink gemstone ruby is my favorite. I always love to wear ruby.
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