Ruby Stones: Meanings, Properties and Powers

The meaning of Ruby

Ruby Stones Properties

Rubies are one of the most precious stones in the entire world.

They are among the most highly valued stones in modern society, alongside diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires.

An interesting fact, however, is that ruby stones only became defined by their chemical makeup in the last couple centuries.

Prior to that, “ruby” referred to any red stone, and was used interchangeably with the word “garnet” to describe these stones.

Therefore, describing the history of ruby stones is not as easy as it would seem to be considering their popularity.

Example of a ruby ring from the Age of Greatness of Sweden. Public domain photo from Skokloster Castle via Wikimedia Commons.It is hard to say where the first ruby stones were found.

Rubies are mentioned in the Bible and were central to trade during the Medieval period.

Their cultural significance is great, even if all the stones referred to as “rubies” may not have had the chemical makeup that we would use to describe a ruby today.

Rubies have been significantly mined in Burma, all over China, in India, and in Thailand – in all of these spaces, they took on specific cultural significance.

They are also found in Colombia, Australia, Madagascar, and even Scotland.

Most rubies in modern circulation have been in circulation for centuries, being taken from one piece of jewellery to another.

If you own a ruby, it has probably had a wide variety of influences on its power far beyond where it came from.

Why Would You Use Ruby Stones?

First, let’s talk about the colour. In many societies, including ours, red is one of the most important colours of the rainbow.

The famous It is the colour of blood, which means that it is associated with both life force and death.

Chinese culture considers it the luckiest colour, and in the west, it’s the colour of love and passion.

It should come as no surprise, then, that a stone notable for its bright red colour is extremely highly prized all across the globe.

From China to Egypt to Greece and India, virtually every ancient culture developed lore around ruby stones.

In both Ancient Greece and India, rubies were said to boil water when they were thrown into it, and melt wax when they touched it.

This indicates the association of rubies with both fire and heat (obviously heat is what causes both of those things to happen naturally) and with purity.

Remember, you need to boil water to purify it! This has led to rubies being associated with moral purity throughout history.

In China, because red is the colour of good luck, rubies were said to stimulate innate life force, and they were worn in order to draw other people to the wearer.

They were said to captivate others with the charisma and natural energy of the stone.

Rubies can protect against boredom, inactivity, lethargy, and exhaustion.

If you frequently have trouble dragging yourself about your daily business, then ruby can be the stone to lift you out of the doldrums and send you springing into action!

Ruby crystals have an energizing quality, and you’ll find just by holding this precious stone that it makes you feel inspired and ready to take on the world.

It’s worth noting that this bravery doesn’t come off as adversarial. So for example, you won’t begin feeling as though you have to charge through life, demolishing anyone who stands in your way!

Nonetheless, though, sensitive souls who are handling rubies for the first time, or who even are close to a particularly potent piece for the first time, often report feeling as though they are bristling with energy.

Rubies have an intense inner power that can give you the strength to take risks and try new things.

However, despite their fiery exterior, they are also deeply sensitive and creative stones that can also help you develop your inner self and spirituality.

Ruby is the birthstone of Cancer, the crab, which is a sign that frequently suffers from self-doubt and excessive modesty.

Rubies can have the power to bring Cancers out of their shell and teach them that they are worthy and valuable people.

Even if you’re not a Cancer, it can do the same thing for you too!

Rubies will protect your feelings from injury, and give you the strength to get back up after you’ve been hurt – an often underestimated amount of strength.

How Will Ruby Stones Help You?

Rubies will vastly improve your confidence, your sense of self-worth, and in turn, your ability to act in ways that might feel strange, dangerous, or out of the ordinary.

When you combine them with Mother of Pearl, these stones will help you when you feel lost, apathetic, and disconnected from yourself.

Especially if you are a Cancer, but also if you are any sort of person who is generally more thoughtful and introspective rather than aggressive, people may be prone to underestimate you.

Rubies will make that into a dangerous thing to do! With these stones, you can have the strength to prove wrong anyone who tries to tell you that you’re not good enough, in any sort of way.

This ruby stone meaning is not just popular with people born under the star sign of Cancer though.

Anyone who is sensitive, or an empath, will tell you that there are often issues in feeling as though one’s autonomy is being completely overridden by others.

It could be bossy people, or bullies, or just very intensive people who make it difficult for your voice to be heard.

Either way, rubies can help the more soft-spoken among us to stand our ground more, and not be pushed around by criticism and negativity.

Rubies are a powerful stone associated with good luck and good fortune.

While they will certainly amp up your willingness to take risks, and you might be worried that you’ll turn reckless, they’ll actually clear the way for you to blaze your trail safely.

With the help of ruby stones, some of the dangers that you might have been concerned about will fade away entirely, and some will diminish massively once you have the courage to look them head-on.

Rubies also represent love and sexuality in western culture.

There’s a reason they were popular for engagement rings for a long time! It is a wonderful gift to share with a life partner, or to gift to yourself if you’re feeling unloved or unwanted.

Faceted Myanmar (Burma) Ruby ExampleThey can help you establish greater self-confidence and a greater feeling of connection with the world – which in itself is something that can vastly improve your sense of self-confidence!

It’s hard to feel sure of yourself when you feel as if you’re drifting vaguely through space and can’t quite put your feet on the ground.

Rubies will prevent you from feeling this way.

This is especially true if you use rubies as a root chakra stone, either individually or in a set of chakra stones.

The root chakra rules our connection to the world, and specifically to the physical, present world.

If your root chakra is underactive, you will feel lost, disconnected, apathetic, and probably also physically weak and sick.

If it is overactive, you might find yourself becoming overly materialistic and cynical. No matter which direction you skew in, rubies can help you in a significant, positive way.

They will prevent you from feeling as if you’ve lost touch with the world, but they can also give you the fiery spark of idealism that is sometimes needed to inspire us into action.

How to Use Ruby Stones for the Best Results?

I’m sure I won’t surprise you when I say that if you have rubies, you should wear them! For one thing, considering that they’re expensive stones, I’m sure you’ll want to show them off.

For another, wearing a ruby on your person will ensure that its power comes with you when you go about your life, making sure that you don’t leave it at home when you most need it!

Having these ruby properties as an undercurrent of your day to day life is extremely empowering, and by wearing your rubies, you can help to welcome this energy with you wherever you go.

Ruby jewelry is often loud and proud, but more subtle pieces are also available if you’re not after making a statement.

And of course, if you prefer to be confident yet discreet, or are worried that your precious stones might run the risk of crime if you flash them about, you can conceal your ruby in your purse or pocket to keep its energies close, but its radiance out of sight.

The ruby can actually have a positive effect on your heart chakra, helping you develop a better balance between rational and instinctive feelings towards people.

Ruby can improve your relationships with others.

If you are interested in using your ruby in this way, wear it over the heart chakra (the centre of the breastbone), such as on a long pendant or a brooch.

If your base chakra, and your connection to the world, is where you would like to focus the ruby’s energy, then you can try wearing a ruby on your belt buckle.

You can also keep a ruby necklace tucked into your back pocket, or even try a ruby naval piercing.

I should also mention that since so much of ruby’s power comes from its colour, wearing ruby-red clothes is going to do you good too.

If you’re after the effects of ruby stones but don’t have so much money to shell out on them!

Raw Indian Ruby ExampleA shirt, jacket, or even ruby-red underwear can give you some of ruby’s punch without the hefty price tag.

Wearing rubies as earrings or facial piercings is the best way to stimulate feelings of self-worth and confidence in yourself.

There’s something special about seeing that little flash of red out of the corner of your eye – and it’s also about as close as you can get to actually putting rubies in your brain!

Wearing them this way will make you feel much more confident. Ruby earrings have occasionally been reported to develop intuition about other people’s honesty.

Some people report feeling warmth or hearing a soft buzzing in their ears when people lie to them while they have ruby earrings on.

Finally, you can also place rubies around your house to bring this energy into your environment.

This may be the right thing to do if several members of your household want to harness ruby’s energy, but you only want to buy one stone!

In Ancient China, rubies were buried under important buildings to protect them, and you can do the same thing by placing a ruby in the basement or ground floor of your home.

The Best Combinations to Use with Ruby Stones

Rubies are effectively combined with stones that promote empathy and good relationships with others.

The one occasional downfall of ruby stones is that sometimes, in helping you focus your energy towards your goals, you may find that you lose a little bit of sensitivity to others.

It’s usually not a serious loss by any means, but it may be worth pairing it with a highly sensitive and empathetic stone, such as opal or rose quartz.

Ruby power is very intensive, after all, and they are so good at awakening your passion and zeal for life that it can cause a little imbalance in your more sensitive side.

Some of us need the opportunity to be more selfish than selfless sometimes, of course. Rubies definitely have their place here, and they help to encourage self-love and self-celebration.

However, definitely keep this more intense side of rubies in mind. It can awaken a more ruthless side of people from time to time, so handle with care!

Luckily, pairing rubies with the right crystals helps to balance out this intensity.

This is especially if you feel that sometimes you can be callous. You may also enjoy pairing your ruby with stones that represent the four seasons.

Rubies represent summer, of course, and you might choose (for example) chrysoprase for spring, shungite for winter, and orange topaz for fall.

A set of seasonal stones can introduce balance and serenity about starting new things and new parts of your life.

Since ruby is a fairly emotionally-driven stone, you may also be interested in pairing it with stones that have highly intellectual powers, such as prehnite and amethyst.

This will encourage balance between your emotional and intellectual minds, and make sure that they work in tandem, instead of letting one consistently overrule the other.

This can be a dangerous trap that almost everyone falls into at some point in their lives.

You can also pair rubies with shungite in order to have a powerful protective amulet.

Shungite’s strong ability to dispel negative energy will be enhanced by the fiery power of rubies.

This combination is probably one of the strongest in the world for avoiding danger, as you will find that nothing can touch you, and even the most severe dangers seem easily dealt with.

How to Tell if Ruby is Real?

If you’re not a gemstone expert and have recently bought a beautiful piece of Ruby, you may be having some concerns whether what you bought is a real or fake Ruby.

It’s normal to feel a little worried because Ruby is quite an expensive stone to have. For most people, it can cost an arm and a leg!

It’s important that you do your research and investigate as needed before you make the decision to part with your cash and buy that gorgeous Ruby.

The first thing that you need to do is to check the color of the Ruby. A Ruby should be of a deep red color.

If you find your Ruby’s color to be dull or light that it almost looks like pink or light red in color, then you most likely bought a fake Ruby.

But even if your Ruby has a very deep red color, it can still be a fake. It can be a Garnet and not a Ruby.

You also should check the cut of the Ruby. It should be crisp and smooth and have symmetrical facets from all the sides.

A fake Ruby has dull facets that are very easy to spot, and fake Rubies are usually perfectly squared or rounded.

When you check the Ruby closely, there should not be any gas streaks or bubbles.

However, it’s very rare for authentic Rubies to be without flaws or inclusions. Small inclusions in a Ruby are perfectly acceptable.

If your Ruby is too clean and too perfect without even a single inclusion, it’s an indication that it’s a fake.

Don’t fall for fancy names like ‘Pure Ruby Gemstone’ or ‘Culture Ruby Gemstone’. These could be fake Rubies trying to be passed off as genuine Rubies.

You can compare your Ruby to a piece of glass. If it’s hard to distinguish your Ruby and the glass, then it’s a fake Ruby.

You can also perform a simple scratch test. Rub your Ruby against tiles or a stone made of hard material.

If your Ruby sustains scratches, then it’s a fake Ruby.

Ruby is made of hard material and comes second to the diamond on the hardness scale. It will be impossible to make a simple scratch on a genuine Ruby.

Another easy way for you to check if your Ruby is real is to place it in a really dark room. Real Rubies should glow like the sun.

Another method is by placing your Ruby in light hot milk. If the milk’s color appears red, or if you can see red rays coming from the stone, it means that the Ruby is real.

In case you’re not satisfied with these simple ways to check whether your Ruby is real or not, you can always seek the advice of a gemologist.

A gemologist will examine your Ruby’s authenticity by performing specific tests like synthetic inclusions, light absorption, or x-rays.

Always buy your Ruby from reputable stores that will sell them at competitive prices. If a piece of Ruby’s price sounds too good to be true, then you are most likely looking at a fake one!

My Final Thoughts on the Power of Ruby Stones

I generally promote the use of crystals and gemstones that have a long history of usefulness, over those that have only recently entered the field of crystology.

While it is true that recently discovered stones can be extremely powerful, working with them is often not for the faint of heart, as their properties are not always well-established.

Even ones that are generally very beneficial can hold a few nasty surprises in store without you having any way of knowing what’s coming.

For this reason, rubies are one of the stones that I highly recommend to people who want to “play it safer” with their gemstone choices.

Rubies have been in the public consciousness for their metaphysical properties for virtually as long as crystology has been.

Over that time, many works have been written about them that explore all the facets of their energy in far more detail than I could ever go into here!

That said, ruby healing properties are often too intense and glorious to ever be ignored! The rich red of these precious stones helps to bring about positive change that is powered by passion.

Broken hearts and feelings of hopelessness are remedied with superb energy from ruby stones. At any time that you feel weak or downtrodden, this precious gem will help you to rise again.

In areas of life such as wealth and fortune, too, rubies are a symbol of abundance and richness. They help you to draw in confident backers for any and all of your latest money making projects.

I heartily encourage you to conduct some more research, and if you feel that rubies are the right stone for you, you can have confidence that they will not throw any nasty surprises your way!

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