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Ruby

Birthstone:
July

Wedding anniversary:
40th

Origin:
Afghanistan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Vietnam, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Russia, U.S.A

Chemical Formula:
Al₂O₃

Mineral:
Corundum

MOHS Hardness Scale:
9

Healing Properties:
Integrity, Devotion, Happiness, Healing, Courage, Passion, Enthusiasm, Generosity, Inspiration, Prosperity, High Energy, Power and Leadership

Ruby encourages passion and a zest for life. It improves motivation and setting of realistic goals. Balances the heart and instills confidence. Ruby encourages joy, spontaneity, laughter and courage. It promotes positive dreams and stimulates the pineal gland. Aids in retaining wealth and passion.  Ruby encourages removal of negative energies from your path.  It overcomes exhaustion and lethargy and imparts potency and vigour. Calms hyperactivity. 

Rubies are associated with love, anger, passion, danger, and romance.

History and Myth:
Rubies are mentioned four times in the Bible. Ruby was said to be the most precious of the 12 stones created by God. Hindus regarded Rubies as the most valued gem. It was called ‘Ratnaraj’, meaning ‘king of the precious Gems’, and later ‘ratnanayaka’, meaning ‘leader of all precious stones’. In the Harita Smriti, it is written that ‘He who worships Krishna with Rubies will be reborn as a powerful emperor’.

Rubies have long been associated with blood. Among Burmese soldiers, it was believed that wearing a Ruby on the left would make the wearer invincible. This belief was so strong that some soldiers inserted Rubies into their flesh under the skin. They then were believed to be safe from wounds, and were said to be very fierce in battle as well.

The idea that Rubies protected from wounds had a flip side as well. Soldiers believed that Ruby bullets would inflict more harm. There are instances of this belief as late as the early 1900s.

Ancient Hindus believed that the red colour of ruby came from an internal flame that could not be put out, making the stone a symbol of everlasting love. 
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