Nobody messes with a person who wears rubies.
That’s a message sent by centuries of folklore, most notably in the American classic, The Wizard of Oz, where the wicked witch fears and craves Dorothy’s sparkling ruby slippers. Simultaneously. (And in case you’re questioning the century timeframe, The Wizard of Oz is originally published in 1900 and written by L. Frank Baum).
The birthstone of July, rubies burn with summer love, passion and fury. A ruby is thought to bring the wearer a mix of powerful traits – like invincibility, passion, attraction, wisdom and an irresistible allure to lovers. The Bible has four mentions of rubies, all associated with wisdom and beauty.
In ancient Sanskrit, the word for ruby is ratnaraj or “king of precious stones.” Many cultures prize the ruby as a royal stone above all others -including diamonds- due to its deep, blood-like color. In some traditions, it’s a compliment to say a person “has rubies in their veins,” because it means they are full of vitality and strength.
The blood-colored ruby is also associated with hot-headed emotions: anger, fury and a desire for battle. Ancient warriors Burma -the region now known as Myanmar, where rubies have been mined for thousands of years- traditionally carry rubies because they believe the gems protect them against spilling blood during wars.
Recent Ruby Trends
- When a ruby is incorporated into modern jewelry, it’s often the centerpiece of the design. The ruby’s bright, crimson color may be paired with diamonds for added sparkle or set off in a dramatic single-stone style.
- Because of the ruby’s long-held tradition as a healing stone, some people wear it to signify overcoming a major health challenge like breast cancer or heart attack. It’s the stone of survivors – a bold, red lucky charm against future illness.
- Pop star Jessica Simpson wears large ruby rings valued between $1.5 million and $11.5 million as part of her everyday fashion attire. In fact, both Jessica and her sister Ashlee receive ruby engagement rings from their beaus, setting off an instant trend toward ruby engagement and wedding sets. Pop idol Victoria Beckham is also a fan of rubies. She receives a giant diamond-encrusted ruby ring as one of 13 engagement rings from husband, soccer star and model David Beckham.
- The late actress Elizabeth Taylor famously wears ruby jewelry at the height of her popularity, including a ruby and diamond necklace that is later part of the most valuable jewelry auction in history. Her fans often see her wearing an 8.24-carat rare “pigeon-blood” ruby ring mined from a world-famous Burmese mine.
- Although rubies are the July birthstone, they’re also very popular in February for Valentine’s Day.
Year-round, for any occasion, a gift of ruby jewelry always bestows love and desire upon the heart of someone special.
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