As summer temperatures increase during the month of July, so does the desire for the beloved Ruby. July birthstone is a coveted gem whose beauty rarely goes unnoticed.
The history of the ruby can be traced back as far as The Bible, making an appearance in within the scripture as many as four times. Each time the Ruby is noted it is associated with beauty and wisdom. “Ratnaraj” is Sanskrit for Ruby, which translates to “king of precious stones.”
For as long as history has been documented, there has been an affinity for the ruby, a stone that has been called the most precious of the 12 stones created by God.
Royal houses and the elite celebrate the ruby by adding it to their fine jewelry collections as many believe the precious stones guarantee health, wealth, wisdom and success in love.
This magnificent beauty, cousin to the diamond, has had a variety of uses throughout the ages. Folklore and mythology contain references to rubies shielding the owner or wearer from negative experiences, including physical and psychological attacks. They are also thought to focus energy to promote clear thinking, giving way for the subconscious to work congruently alongside the conscious mind. Additionally, rubies are believed to increase fertility, prevent starvation, and clean the blood to help fight infection.
More recently, the Ruby is used by scientists in laser technology as their ability to focus light leads to a higher intensity than most other stones. This ability has also created an association with lasers being the color red. Lasers used for the removal of tattoos more often than not contain a ruby crystal.
Jewelry is by far the most popular use of rubies. For centuries, they have adorned royals by being featured in crowns, alongside diamonds in earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and appearing as the center stone in many rings.
The rich, entrancing red hue of the ruby has a wide variety of uses and has entered the hearts of millions, making it one of the most cherished of the precious gems. This stunning beauty most certainly will continue to makes a variety of appearances for centuries to come.
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