Ruby’s, distinguished for their bright red color, are one of the ‘big four’ precious stones, with the others being diamonds, emerald and sapphires. A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone and a variety of the mineral corundum. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are sapphires.
Rubies, distinguished for their bright red color, are one of the ‘big four’ precious stones, along with diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. They are also one of the traditional cardinal gems.
A ruby is a pink to blood-red coloured gemstone and a variety of the mineral corundum. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are sapphires. Sapphires are considered to be every colour of corundum apart from red, which is considered a Ruby. Since rubies and sapphires are indistinguishable in all features apart for colour, in essence, a ruby is a red Sapphire. However, rubies have always been classified as an individual gemstone because of their unique allure and historical importance.
Infamous for their stunning red bright colour, rubies are also highly sought-after due to its hardness, durability, and rarity. Effectively, they’re durable enough for daily wear and match almost any fashionable outfit with it’s deep and vivid red colour. Larger rubies are more rare to find than other precious stones of equal size.
A special sub-category of a ruby exists called “Star Ruby”. A star ruby is a type of ruby that exhibits a star-like concentration of reflected or refracted light within a cabochon cut ruby.
Ruby represents the birth month of July, the zodiac sign of Capricorn, the birth day of Tuesday (joint with Emerald), and the birth season of Summer. The precious red gemstone symbolizes courage, peace of mind, and mental strength in Capricorn. It is also believed to help ward off negativity and represent health, wisdom, ambition and patience.
Throughout time, rubies were considered to be one of the most prized gemstones and that wearing a Ruby would bring good fortune and harmony of life to its owner.
For centuries, ancient Hindus believed that rubies held sacred powers and linked it to royalty and power and have been the prized possession of emperors and kings throughout the ages. Rubies have also always been held in high esteem in Asian countries.
The ruby is given on the 15th, 40th and 80th Wedding Anniversary.