Ruby, a corundum, ranges from a clear, deep, raspberry red, to a more opaque Star Ruby frequently cut as a domed cabochon and reflecting a six pointed flare effect, or star, on its surface. The rarer variety is a flawless deep red that is considered more valuable than a diamond. Natural, or rough ruby crystals grow octahedral and are the most common.
Honored throughout history as the King and Queen of gems, it was once considered the perfect wedding stone. Because it was associated with love, marriage, balance and royalty, the ancient Egyptians also extolled this stone for beauty, love, physical protection and good fortune. In fact it was considered to be the greatest physical protector of all known gems. And, in Eastern legends, it was seen as a spiritual stone representing beauty of the soul.
Believed to contain the bloodline of humanity, Ruby often symbolized the sun. The Hindus believed it burned so deeply from within that it was even able to boil water, while the Greeks believed a carved Ruby could melt the wax when used for a wax impression seal.
Today, it is still seen as a direct connection to the Creator and as a helper for locating the Creator within yourself. Use this stone in connecting with your creative potential and your possibilities for love and its creative flow. Ruby connects us to Divine Love; reminding us we are expressions of Universal Love. Connecting in this way ensures our position of being the love we see in the world.
Ruby supports the opening of the Heart Chakra. It can protect the user against emotional congestion, and stimulate the emotions of love to make stronger, truer emotional connections. Ruby can heal and balance the emotions and can help the ability to express love.
Ruby will stimulate deeper mental concentration. It also shields against, and protects against, unwanted emotional intrusions (so Ruby is great for empaths), psychic intrusions, and can shield electromagnetic waves. Keep one or two natural ruby crystals next to your computer or in your workspace to help block EMFs.