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A highly revered gemstone, Ruby is of the same or sometimes even greater value as Diamonds and Sapphires. Rubies and Sapphires are actually the same types of stone except they have different colours because of the varying minerals in the stones.
Physical Energy Properties: Rubies are wonderful gemstones for increasing energy, and they provide energy as well as balance it within the body. Also beneficial for the menstrual cycle and the health of an embryo during pregnancy. Fortifies the blood and strengthens the circulatory system and keeps the heart healthy. Has a positive effect on the kidneys, adrenals and the spleen.
Emotional Energy Properties: Brings in a zest for life and living, great for changes and new beginnings. Creates a positive outlook and awareness, fostering passion and creativity. It’s also excellent for those experiencing suffering or depression. Aids in enlightenment.
Chakras: Ruby is connected with the Heart chakra and also the Root chakra creating a healthy balance between emotions and logic.
Astrological signs: Associated with Leo, Cancer, Scorpio and Sagittarius.
History: The deep red hue and sparkle of Rubies has been sought after for centuries. Ancient cultures revered this gemstone because it symbolized the colour of healthy blood and the life force within them. Rubies are also one of the gemstones that is mentioned in the Bible. Ruby comes from the Latin word ruber meaning red. It has always been one of the most highly valued gems among royalty and the upper classes and continues to be now.
Where it's found: Rubies can be found in India, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, Cambodia, Kenya, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
Variations, Rarity and Value: Rubies are a type of corundum like Sapphires. They are very durable, and their colour is vibrant and vivid. High-quality rubies make for the most expensive gems, and some have even cost over $100,000 per carat. To grade rubies, you must know a lot about them. Synthetic ruby gemstones can be created through flame fusion or the Czochralski process among other methods. Prices of the gemstones depend on origin, colour, size, and clarity ranging from $100 to $15,000 per carat. Myanmar or Burmese stones will be around $300 to $3,000 per carat. Polished stones are more expensive than the raw Ruby gemstones.
How to use it: Wear Ruby in jewelry on the fingers, neck or place a Ruby on your body for increased vitality.
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