Ruby is a form of Aluminium Oxide known as Corundum. Pure Corundum is in fact clear, and Red Corundum, or Ruby, is made up of Corundum (Al2O3), and Chromium impurities (Cr3+), which are responsible for its wonderful red coloration. Ruby is the most valuable gem in the Corundum family.
The name Corundum is believed to originate from either the Indian word kauruntaka, or the Sanskrit word kurivinda. Ruby, the name for this particular type of Corundum, is taken from the Latin word ruber, meaning “red“.
Since ancient times, the Ruby has been known as the King of gemstones, and has been considered to be a protective stone providing the wearer with benefits such as invulnerability and preserved health. In addition to this, Rubies inspire creativity, wisdom and love, as well as enhancing self-reliance / confidence and increasing spirituality. It was believed that Ruby worn by men signified manhood and nobility. Rubies worn by women was said to invoke passion and power. Improved blood circulation is one of the major perceived medical benefits of Ruby.
Availability and Sources of Ruby
The highest quality rubies, the most transparent with best color, usually come from Burma, and can actually be as valuable as diamond, or even more. The ruby is actually very closely related to the sapphire, both being part of the corundum family. They are both made of the same mineral, but they have of course, different colors. The ruby is a little softer than the sapphire, which may seem strange as they are both made of the same mineral.
Thanks to modern gemstone enhancement and treatment, it is now possible to own wonderful, heat-treated natural Rubies that are available to meet demand, and also priced at a level making this beautiful king of gemstones available to most people.
Although the finest rubies come from the Mogok region in Burma, many beautiful rubies also come from Thailand, the main source for rubies. Thai rubies tend to be a little darker in shade; with a red so deep they are almost violet. The island of ShriLanka, which is the “island of gems”, has also been long famous for its rubies, which are of a lighter shade. Marco Polo once said that no other place had rubies as beautiful as those from ShriLanka. Rubies also come from India, Tanzania, Madagascar, Russia, Cambodia, Kenya, Mexico, Afghanistan, and U.S.A (North Carolina) and Pakistan.
Treatment done on Ruby Gemstone
Treatments are carried out on gemstone to lighten or darken the color or to improve its clarity, transparency and quality, in order to fetch a better price for the stone in the market.
More than 90 per cent of the rubies found in the market today are treated to enhance their quality. However, it is ethically important for a dealer, while trading, to disclose the treatment done on the gemstone trading. The most common treatment to which rubies are subjected is the heat treatment in which the ruby roughs are heated at a particular temperature in a furnace to improve their color.
Another less acceptable treatment (of notorious reputation) is glass filling. This treatment involves the filling of fractures inside the ruby with so-called lead glass, which dramatically improves the transparency of the stone making a previously unsuited ruby fit for use in expensive ruby jewelry.
Professions benefited by Ruby
People in several professions can derive benefit from wearing ruby stone for politicians, this stone ensures success in politics and those who are in higher offices or high positions. Trustees in public trusts, spiritualists, diplomats, people who are associated with new inventions and need more fame and success in their lives can benefit from wearing ruby stone. Those who are engineers, connected with electricity, newspaper, foundry, any business involving electricity and fire, computers, chemistry, printing, publishing, research, mathematics etc.and those who are concerned with medicines, physiology, medical research and surgery will be benefited from wearing the ruby stone. Again, people concerned with agriculture, astronomy, military, space research, astrology, sports, metallurgists, writers, doctors and engineers will find ruby beneficial.
Astrological Effects of Ruby
Ruby is the stone of lord sun and the Sun signifies father, courage, power and authority, boldness, ambitions, commanding power, generosity, dignity and kind heartedness. A person having good effects of the Sun on him will be optimistic and royal in his/her thoughts. Such a person will have good reputation and success in life.
But if a person’s sun is afflicted by hostile planets in one’s horoscope it may cause defects in eyes and concentration. If one’s sun is afflicted by Saturn, Rahu and Ketu it will very difficult for him to have financial stability and he will have less stable professional life. He will face many ups and down in life and will be deprived of government job or benefits from higher authority.
Weak and unfavorable sun can create health problems like high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, bilious nature, hemorrhage, cardiac problems etc.
Now if a person wears ruby stone then it will help in the development of soul force and will create confidence, optimism and courage in him. This stone is very good for success in higher competitive exams, especially in the Indian civil services.
Ruby helpful in Diseases
It will help to cure peptic ulcer, fever, rheutism, gout, boils, itch and insomnia.
Ruby in combination with other stones helps to cure heart diseases.
Ruby month Birthstone
Ruby is the lucky birth stone for people born in the month of July. Hence it is also called July birthstone. Ruby birthstones are used mostly in rings and pendants.
Anniversary Gemstone Ruby
Just as a particular gemstone is believed to represent the month that a person is born in, there is a gemstone for every year of married life as well. This is referred to as an anniversary gem stone. The 40th anniversary is considered to be significant for Ruby and is celebrated worldwide.
Ruby for numerology
As per the science of numerology, Ruby is the most suited Gem for No. 1. It increases your luck abundantly. You can also use yellow sapphire and Topaz. These improve your health and give you success in your efforts.
These gems promote healthy growth in one’s young sons and daughters. As an adult, one can wear Ruby or yellow sapphire. Both are good for you.
Lucky Gem Ruby
Ruby is considered lucky gem for all those are born under number 1.The Sun rules this number. People born on 9th, 19th and 28th of any given month are governed by this number. Ruby confers maximum benefits on them. It gives them courage, good consciousness, and power to earn.
Care for Ruby
Since rubies are hard and durable, they are easy to care for. However, it is not recommended to wear a ruby if you are doing any sort of rough work or are using harsh chemicals. Rubies should be stored in a fabric-lined box, away from other pieces of jewelry, as they may scratch other, softer gemstones. When it is time to clean them, you can use soapy water and a brush, or a commercial jewelry cleanser. It is important to rinse the stone thoroughly and dry it, after cleaning it. If you take care of your ruby, it will stay with you, and retain its beauty for many years to come.
Methods of wearing Ruby
The weight of the gemstone should not be less than 2 carats.
Ruby may be set in gold or bronze.
Ruby ring or pendant should be washed with fresh milk in the morning. After touching it to the feet of your family deity and reciting the mantra put on it the ring finger.
Mantra of Ruby
Java Kusum samka-sham Kashya-peyam Maha Dyutim !
Tamo-arim sarva-papaghnam Pranato-smi Divakaram !!
One should pray to the Sun to bestow the best results and provide help in overcoming difficulties.
On the day Ruby ring/pendant is put on one should donate red cloth, wheat, copper and money according to his or her capacity to a Brahmin.
Day for putting Ruby on: Sunday
Time for putting Ruby on: Sunrise or during the two hours following it.