Sunday, August 7, 2011

July Birthstone: Ruby

I know that I'm late in posting this but better late than never, right?  The birthstone for the month of July is the ruby.  It ranges in colour from pink to crimson red to orange red.  The most beautiful crystals are thought to be from Burma, but quality rubies are also found in India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Kenya, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States.

Ruby mining dates back more than 2,500 years ago and it has been on of the most highly prized of gems throughout history.  It was called the "Rajnapura" or King of Gems by ancient Hindus.  The ruby was believed to have magical powers, and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil.  It was said to grow darker when peril was imminent, and to return to its original color once danger was past—provided it was in the hands of its rightful owner.

Rubies were thought to represent heat and power.  Ancient tribes used the gem as bullets for blowguns, and it was said that a pot of water would boil instantly if a ruby was tossed into it.  Ground to powder and placed on the tongue, this crystal was used as a cure for indigestion. 

It is a heart chakra stone and encourages the stimulation of the loving emotional side toward nurturing.  It can be used to stabilize one’s economic status and it could help in finding an authentic life expression, doing what you love and perhaps beginning a new fulfilling venture.  It can assist a person in changing their world, promoting creativity and expansiveness in awareness and manifestation.

It has been said that the red glow of ruby comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making a gift of this stone symbolic of everlasting love.  With its hardness and durability, it is a perfect engagement gem.  If worn on the left hand, ancient lore has it that the ruby will bring good fortune to its wearer too.  I don't know about you, but I can use all the good fortune I can get. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for researching this beautiful and interesting gem, Bonnie. I, too, could use the good fortune! :)