Ruby: Gem Of Passion

Known for its fiery red color, the ruby gemstone has been nicknamed “the gem of precious stones” as it can command the highest per-carat price of any other colored stone.

The small number of rubies that grow large enough to crystallize into quality gems can exceed the price of a diamond that is the same size. Not only is the ruby scarce, but it is also extremely tough, measuring a 9 on the Mohs scale: Diamonds are the only gemstones harder than rubies. The combination of a ruby’s color, durability and historical significance truly makes it one of the most precious stones on the market. 

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The color red is associated with intense emotions like passion and fury as well objects of power and desire like fast convertibles and roses. It’s even synonymous with the blood that runs through our veins giving us the gift of life and energy. 

Due to rubies’ vibrant red color, it is believed to have the ability to heighten love, passion, energy and courage. The stone grants the wearer an openhearted willingness to take risks, the energy to move forward, and success in love and wealth. The glowing red of a ruby signifies an undying flame of beauty, wisdom, protection, and spirituality. The word ruby comes from the Latin word “ruber,” which means red. With Latin being one of the romance languages, the ruby truly embodies the essence of life and love.

As the ultimate symbol of passion and desire, rubies make an ideal romantic gift. Since rubies provide the energy to keep things moving, it is also a great gift for someone who is searching for a career or spiritual path. Perfect for anniversaries and 3 stone engagement rings. Browse through our ruby jewelry collection to find a piece that reignites the fire inside. 

History & Fun Facts

The ruby is called ‘ratnaraj‘ in the ancient language of Sanskirt, which translates to “king of gems.” Being a gemstone that has gained a historical significance as well as a cluster of legends over the centuries, rubies have remained one of the most sought-after gemstones of all time.

Sourced in countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam: Myanmar’s legendary valley of rubies is the source of many of the world’s most fabulous gems. 

Burma’s Mogok Valley historically produced the finest ruby material since at least 600 AD, famous for its deep blood-red color with purplish hues. These Burmese Rubies, also called Pigeon’s Blood Rubies, command a premium over brownish or orange-tinged varieties from other regions. 

In Burma, warriors believed rubies could make them invincible in battle, so the gemstones were inserted into their flesh.

In the first century AD, the Roman scholar Pliny included rubies in his Natural History, describing their hardness and density. Ancient Hindus believed that those who offered fine rubies to the god Krishna were granted rebirth as emperors.

In Hindu folklore, the glowing fire within rubies burned so hot that they allegedly boiled water. Similarly, Greek legends claimed that a ruby’s warmth could melt wax. 

The first laser was created in 1960 using the red fluorescence light emitted by ruby.

Rubies are mentioned four times in the Bible, in association with attributes like beauty and wisdom. 

On May 12, 2015, a 25.59-carat ruby ring sold for $30 million USD ($1,266,901 per carat), setting a new record at auction for a colored gemstone.

July-Born Celebrities

Some of the hottest celebrities have a birthday in this hot summer month. Here are just a few: Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Kevin Hart, Tom Cruise, 50 Cent, George W. Bush, Jaden Smith, Kevin Bacon, Vin Diesel, Nelson Mandela 

Ruby Birthstone Jewelry In Any Style You Desire

Shop Gabriel & Co.’s full assortment of ruby birthstone jewelry for the perfect gift for yourself or a loved-one.