It is one of the most precious stones and quite hard to find which adds more value according to its size more than any other Gemstone.
The word rubycomes from the Latin word “Ruber,” which means red and this word was used to describe all stones that were colour red.
Rubies are famously sourced from Burma and Thailand and it is known to be the national gemstone for these two places.
Parts of Upper Burma, where the finest and rarest of the Rubies are sourced are called “pigeon’s blood” due to the stones intense red hues of colour.
In ancient Eastern times Rubies were once believed to contain the trigger of life – “a deep drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth,” and in Ancient Asian stories tell that the ruby was self-luminous.
Many people called it the “glowing stone” or the “lamp stone”, such stories tell us about the Emperor of China used a large Ruby stone to light up the chamber and it glowed so bright.
An interesting fact is that during the Middle Ages, the Ruby stone was to bring good health to the wearer and to guard against wicked thoughts, amorous needs, and disagreements.
It was also believed that any stones that were red in colour, including Rubies used to cure and form of bleeding and that the stone had the power to warm the wearer of any oncoming unfortunate events, by turning darker in colour.
It is said that Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII, predicted her downfall in seeing the darkening of her ruby.
Rubies are now used in jewellery, the rare the stone and quality the value of the stone increases.