The word RUBY comes from the Latin "RUBER," meaning red. Ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide) and is the second hardest mineral after Diamond. It is 9.0 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. the most prized gems are a true red in color. Large sized Rubies are very rare and valuable.
Ruby mining dates back more than 2,500 years ago. The most beautiful crystals are thought to be from Burma, but quality Rubies are also found in
- Sri Lanka
- United States
Ruby is also called "Rajnapura" or King of Gems by Ancient Hindus. It also has magical powers and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil. It was thought to grow darker when peril was imminent, and to return to its original color once danger was past-provided it was in the hands of its rightful owner!
"The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they'll be exempt and free,
From lover's doubts and anxiety."
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