Learn about the metaphysical properties and healing lore of ruby.

Faceted Myanmar (Burma) Ruby Example

Faceted Myanmar (Burma) Ruby Example

Alternate Names & Spellings for Ruby: Stone of Nobility, Stone of Purity, Carbuncle (may also refer to types of garnets), red sapphire


Keywords: Vitality, Prosperity, Courage, High Energy

Ruby is a high energy stone which is a type of sapphire. It is used to amplify energy and increase chi or prana. In this way it is considered a boost to Earth healing. It is also a stone that may bring a sense of adventurer to the wearer. It is considered to be a leadership stone as well.

Ruby has been associated with prosperity and wealth for centuries. It is said to help find or stabilize work and finances, as well as bringing general prosperity. Ruby also is used to increase generosity.

Spiritual and Psychic Lore

Ruby is a stone that is considered in crystal healing to be very protective of home, worldly possession, children, as well as psychic protection. It is also said to protect against unhappiness and lightning. 

Dream recall and dream work are psychic uses of Ruby. It is especially used to attain lucid dreams.

Ruby is associated with rising Kundalini energy and is said to help you follow your bliss. Ruby is considered a powerful manifestation stone which may be in part due to the association with Kundalini and finding your bliss in life.

Ruby is a good divination tool. It is particularly used for divination related to helping to make decisions, set goals, and be motivated.

Ruby is used for assitance w connection to and information from spirit guides

Recordkeeper ruby crystals are said to bring access to deep ancient knowlege and assist with astral travel. All ruby crystals can be used to align and energize the subtle body.

Mental and Emotional Properties

Ruby has been long used as a stone to increase passion and to bring and increase romantic love. It is also said to bring integrity, devotion, and happiness to romance as well as other parts of life. Additionally it is used to work with and ameliorate heart chakra issues.

Ruby is used in many ways to enhance emotions in a positive manner. It is said to alleviate guilt, bring honesty, sensuality, and sensuality.

Ruby is a stone of great courage and inner strength. It is a stone of self-confidence, self-love, and increased inner power. It also is a stone of honesty, which can assist with issues surrounding and interfering with self-confidence and inner power.

Ruby is a powerful tool in crystal healing to decrease anxiety and doubt. Soul darkness may be alleviated by ruby showing the way out. It is also used when it is combined with zoisite to assist in overcoming abuse issues or trauma. Ruby is said to be very helpful in avoiding or reducing nightmares.

Physical Conditions Properties

Physically Ruby is used in folk healing and crystal healing for arthritis/bones/joints, blood and circulatory system, raising body temperature, chronic fatigue, increase vitality and energy levels, heart problems, skin disorders, infectious disease, increase speed of detoxification, protection of embryos, kidneys, adrenal glands, spleen, raise low blood pressure, endocrine system. It is said to be a stone of high energy and power that promotes healing on all levels. Please do note that healing crystal meanings are intended spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions, medical, or healthcare information.

Related Chakras & Correspondences

Ruby is associated with the root chakra as well as being stimulating and balancing for the heart chakra. It is also associated with the Fire element. Ruby is one of the stones in the breastplate of the High Priest. It is also in the spear of Lord Krishna. Ruby is associated with the Archangel Uriel. In Sanskrit, ruby is named ratnaraj, meaning "King of Precious Stones" or ratnanayaka "Leader of Precious Stones." It is also said to be related to the Emperor Tarot card. Ruby is a traditional and modern July birthstone.

Other Information

Many stones are called ruby, but are not types of ruby at all. Probably the most famous are those that are really are red spinel which historically has been confused with ruby even in the Black Prince’s Ruby in the British Crown Jewels. Others are Balas ruby, pomegranate ruby, spinel ruby, and ruby spinel.

Many misnomers for ruby are various types of garnets: Almandine ruby, American ruby (may also be rose quartz), Arizona ruby, Australian ruby,Black Hills ruby, Bohemian ruby, Black Hills ruby, California ruby, Cape ruby, Colorado ruby, Elie ruby, Fashoda ruby, Montana ruby, Mountain ruby, Rocky Mountain ruby, and rock ruby. San Diego ruby and Siberian ruby are names that refer to actual pink to red tourmaline. Ancona ruby is rose quartz. Geneva and Wyse  ruby are lab created ruby.

Ruby is a type of sapphire. All types of  sapphire have the basic properties noted on the sapphire page.

Ruby is a stone that is often created in the lab, possibly more often than it is found in nature. Opinions differ widely as to whether man-made rubies have the same metaphysical energies as natural rubies. This may be in part due to varying experiences with lab and natural rubies. It may also be due to a bias against things man-made. I suggest you follow your intuition and spiritual guidance to determine how it works for you.

Rock Lore & Tidbits: 

Hardness (Mohs): 7
Color(s): red, crimson red, red-orange, deep pink 
Transparency:  Translucent to opaque
Lustre: Vitreous
Common / Notable Locations:  Myanmar (Burma), India, Tanzania, Madagascar

More on Ruby From My Personal Perspective

Ruby happens to be my birthstone. When I was around 12 years old, my great aunt gave me the first ruby I ever had, which was set in a gold ring.  I've been excited about rubies ever since and find their energy incredibly positive and uplifting. I was amused and tickled to learn recently that ruby is traditionally associated with archangel Uriel, as that is the angel I have done the most personal work with. Sometimes it amazes me how things seem to just fit together, and ruby energy is no exception.

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The famous "Black Prince's Ruby" shown here worn by Queen Victoria for her coronation is actually a red spinel. Spinel and ruby have historically often been confused.

The famous "Black Prince's Ruby" shown here worn by Queen Victoria for her coronation is actually a red spinel. Spinel and ruby have historically often been confused.

Raw Indian Ruby Example

Raw Indian Ruby Example

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Hattip to for mineral information on sapphire which includes ruby. Reference credit also goes to Laurence Hargrave, for select metaphysical information as well as these (sponsored links) books:
Crystal Wisdom: Spiritual Properties of Crystals and Gemstones by Dolfyn,
LOVE IS IN THE EARTH: The Crystal & Mineral Encyclopedia--The LIITE Fantastic, The Last Testament by Melody,
The Pocket Book of Stones by Robert Simmons,
The Angel Bible: The Definitive Guide to Angel Wisdom by Hazel Raven,
Crystal Pocket Guide to Natural Healing Powers Vols. 1 and 2 by Maryann George, and Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic.

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This original article is Copyright @2015 Robyn A Harton dba Robyn A Harton Creative All rights Reserved. It is based on my previous article on ruby. To request required permission to post or use my text or photos see information about quoting articles or ask for licensing information here.

Also see my article on Ruby in Zoisite.

Example of a ruby ring from the Age of Greatness of Sweden. Public domain photo from Skokloster Castle via Wikimedia Commons.

Example of a ruby ring from the Age of Greatness of Sweden. Public domain photo from Skokloster Castle via Wikimedia Commons.

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