Ruby Gemstone Properties

Design Possibilities

The queen of gems, deep red ruby is the rarest and most valuable of gemstones. Rubies have been so loved by royalty, they have always included them in their insignias and famous jewelry, but rubies actually have humble beginnings. Most deposits are still worked in the primitive way they've been worked for centuries. They are panned from rivers and picked out by hand from the other minerals around them. Their beauty is only skin deep. In their natural rough form, they are dull greasy-looking stones. But cut and polished, their high luster is dazzling (comparable to diamonds), and their rich red color is pleochroic. (Pleochroic is color that varies when you view it from different directions.) The ruby beads in Fire Mountain Gems' hand-faceted strands are pale shimmering red on the outside edge deepening to a vibrant deep red at their center. In cabochons and faceted stones, those rich red colors shimmer in all directions. Expect a hush to spread through the room when you wear this gemstone of quintessential beauty. Ruby, queen of gems, thou art still fairest of all the fair gemstones.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Ruby's great spiritual value is like her beauty. It runs deep. It sits at the core of her being. Think of a woman who holds her head high. A talented woman who knows that she is capable of meeting every challenge. She knows who she is. She knows where she is going. She embraces life confidently-accepting each day and everything that comes with it. Her success is assured. Her acceptance of that success is always deeply and beautifully gracious. That's the gracious gift of confident self-esteem ruby offers all of us.

Mineral Information Aluminum oxide, Corundum group
Chemical Composition Al2O3
Color Deep red
Hardness 9
Specific Gravity 3.97-4.05
Refractive Index 1.766-1.774

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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