Red Passion – RUBY
You have no need to travel anywhere – journey within yourself. Enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light….Rumi.
Red is the color of our most intense emotions—love, anger, passion and fury.
Revered in many cultures throughout history, Ruby has always been a talisman of passion, protection and prosperity. Symbolizing the sun with its glowing hue, it suggests an inextinguishable flame within the stone which legends claim would shine through even the thickest clothing and could not be hidden, if Ruby were cast into water it would cause it to boil, and if carved and pressed into wax, it would melt the wax.
The color red can be easily associated with objects of power and desire like fast cars or red roses. In ancient and medieval ages, rubies held a special place – the color red and its closeness to blood – associated with the power of life. Chinese cultures consider it the luckiest color while the West believes it to be the color of love and passion.
Ruby is red Corundum, an aluminum oxide mineral with chromium responsible for its rich, red color. The name “Ruby” descends from Latin “Ruber”, which means “red”, or from Latin “Rubrum”, which refers to all variety of Corundum’s red. Until the 18th century, the year in which gemology understood that not all red stones were rubies, the term “Ruby” referred to all red gems – spinel, garnets and tourmalines too.
Liberty Bell Ruby is the largest known ruby in the world, found in East Africa in the 1950’s. It weighs four pounds, is eight and a half thousand carats, and is sculpted into a miniature form of the Liberty Bell. It has fifty diamonds set in it and was valued at over two million dollars. The Liberty Bell was stolen from Stuart Kingston Jewelers during 2011 heist. Though the culprits were prosecuted, the ruby has never been recovered.
The 100.32 carat DeLong Star Ruby resides in the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The beautiful, deep red ruby with a 6-rayed star gets its name from its owner. The DeLong Star Ruby was also stolen in a jewel heist. Along with the Star of India and the Midnight Star Sapphire, it was stolen from the museum in what became known as the ‘Jewel Heist of the Century’ in 1964. Luckily all three stones were ultimately recovered.
The Graff Ruby – A well-known cushion cut Burmese ruby with a weight of 8.62 carats set records at the Sotheby’s Geneva auction of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in November 2014, selling for more than 8 million dollars.
While rubies have been mined in Afghanistan, India and Tajikistan, those from the valley of Mogok, a district in Upper Myanmar, are considered the best – like sapphires from the Himalayan region of Kashmir and emeralds from Colombia. In 2003, the United States government placed an embargo on products from Myanmar, including rubies, in response to the country’s human rights violations which has led to a complete prohibition of the use of Burmese rubies.
Ruby is the birthstone of July. Since Ruby represents romance and devotion, it is an excellent choice for an engagement ring.No wonder that a stone notable for its bright red color is extremely high prized all across the globe.