We've just entered the month of July, a significant month on the gemstone calendar. While naturally a special month for those celebrating their birthdays, from a gemstone perspective, it is the month of the fiery stone - the ruby gemstone!
There are the basic facts of rubies that everyone knows, but have you ever wondered about the myths and legends passed down over time about the famed ruby gemstone? We have...so we thought we'll take you on a trip back in time to when rubies were more than just a gorgeous piece of jewelry.
Ruby, the July birthstone (but it wasn't always!)
The gemstone of July (although in ancient times, it was December's stone), the ruby also represents the astrological sign of Cancer. Given its beautiful color, the ruby is associated closely with fire and the sun. It also represents devotion, passion and desire. Stemming from the Latin "ruber" which means red, the ruby is said to possess an inner flame that can never be quenched, and the gift of a ruby signifies an eternal love – as romantics would say, diamonds are forever but a ruby is eternal!
The Talisman Ruby Gemstone
Historically, of all the gemstones, the ruby is considered to be the most prized and revered. It is said to be the most precious of the 12 gemstones made by God at the of the world's creation. The ancient Hindus even called it "The King of Gems".
In New Age beliefs, wearing a ruby was said to give its wearer wisdom, happiness and health. It also allowed them to live in peace among enemies and guaranteed a life filled with spiritual health and well-being. Wearing a ruby on the left hand brought not only warning, but also good fortune to the wearer, especially in matters of the heart! For pregnant women, it is said to have aided the development of the fetus in the early months.
The Mystical Powers of the Ruby Gemstone
Going back to a time when belief in myth and magic was commonplace, the ruby had pride of place. The majority of these tales come from India (always considered a mystic land), from where it was mined as many as 2,500 years ago.
It was considered a prophetic stone that would darken in times of danger (but only for its owner however, anyone who stole it had no such luck!). This made it a prized gem among royalty, who kept it on their person at all times as a warning of danger and also to gain wisdom for their decisions in affairs of state.
The ruby was also said to possess great healing and restorative powers – it was said to act as an antidote to poison, ease fevers and aches and pains, and even treat blood, heart and digestive ailments. Rubbing a ruby on the skin was said to restore youth and vitality! It was also believed to help develop intuition and psychic gifts, including connecting with angelic beings and spirit guides.
Placing a ruby under the pillow was said to ward off nightmares, while laying it beneath a building's foundations was said to bless it with good fortune. Similar good fortune is why it is a favored talisman among gamblers (now you know what to wear for that next poker game!). In a more generic form of use, thanks to its inner fire, people also believed that tossing a ruby into a pot of water would cause it to boil immediately.
Possessing Your Own Ruby Talisman
We will always be fascinated by myth and legend, and the fantastic world of ancient belief. And for those of us lucky enough to have a ruby gemstone as our birthstone, we're never gonna look at it quite the same now! At CJ Charles, we have a few ruby treasures that may speak to you:
5ct Ruby Ring
Burmese Ruby Diamond Necklace and Earring Set
Antique Ruby Ring
20's Cartier Burmese Ruby Diamond Bracelet
60's Ruby Diamond Bracelet
Estate Tiffany Victoria Collection Ruby Diamond Necklace
Contact us or visit CJ Charles Jewelers if you'd like to own your own piece of mythical fire. Our stock is constantly changing, so if you don't quite fancy these, we're bound to have something else more to your tastes!