Happy Birthday, July!Let's celebrate the beauty of the Ruby, your birthstone and one of the most popular gemstones on the planet.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says, "Ruby?"
Is it the infamous Ruby Slippers? The gemstone's bold, red-magenta color? Maybe you think of your Valentine, or get those fiery feelings of love and passion?
Whatever you feelings or thoughts, it's interesting to know that Rubies have held a place in human history for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians held rubies in the highest regards and placed them in the crowns of their Pharaohs.
The deep red color of a Ruby makes the stone look bigger than it actually is, which may have been one of the many reasons why ancient people believed so strongly in a Ruby's medicinal powers. Ancient medical writings from India suggest that rubies cured diseases of the digestive tract.
Burmese warriors carried Rubies INSIDE their skin to protect them from being slain in battle. Many other cultures still view rubies as a symbol of peace, and believe that wearing a ruby on the left side of the body prevents conflict when among enemies.
Burmese Rubies are the most prized, but new deposits of Ruby are still being found. Rubies that have recently been found in Vietnam are so much like Burmese Rubies that they are believed to have been formed by the same geological event.
Carrying or wearing a Ruby can make it easier to focus on the task at hand, bringing clarity and wisdom. Placing a Ruby under your pillow will help you to have lucid dreams, many times overcoming fears as your conscious and subconscious minds connect.
Rubies are thought to be the best stone to detoxify the blood, improve circulation, fight infection, and offer protection from disease.
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