Rubies are gorgeous stones which signify a range of emotions. From passion to romance to devotion, the flaming-red gems generate a new sentiment every time they’re put on.
Rubies, which are comprised of the minerals chrome, iron, titanium and vanadium, are located all over the world. Depending on the location of the gemstone, the colors can vary greatly. Deep red rubies are often found in Burma; bright red rubies with a dark black core are found in Myanmar; and those from Vietnam will have a slight purple tint to them.
But, what is the history of the lovely jewel? A long time ago, many thought the gemstone contained protective and healing powers. Rubies were believed to aid the digestive system, maintain blood flow and keep the heart beating. Because of this, it wasn’t long before the stone was coined “The King of Gems.”
In ancient societies, rubies were also believed to guard soldiers from injury and death. Many warriors would carry the gemstone with them as they headed out to battle, believing it was as necessary as a shield and dagger.
Today, rubies are extremely popular among royals. In England, the piece is used in carnation stones. (Also, Fergie, the Duchess of York, received a ruby engagement ring from Prince Andrew when they became betrothed).
The next time you see a ruby and are hypnotized by its stunning red hue, remember, you’re not alone.