Rubies are not only seen as a symbol of luxury, but they are also known as the birthstone for the month of July. The name is derived from the Latin word “rubens” which translates to “red,” in reference to its vibrant shades of red. Rubies are a part of the corundum family and are only known as Rubies if they are in any shade of red, anything else would be considered a sapphire. In fact, the most desired shade of red in any Ruby is named “pigeon’s blood,” it is a deep red with hints of blue. When exposed to ultraviolet rays the majority of rubies will glow, and this is due to the UV rays interacting with the Chromium located within the rubies.
For centuries the worlds main source for Rubies would come from Mogok Valley in Burma. Nowadays Rubies come from various parts of the world such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Africa, Australia, Colombia, Japan, Brazil, Greenland, Sri Lanka, and Scotland. Light Rubies or more commonly known as pink sapphires are often found in Sri Lanka. The larger Ruby deposits are located in Greenland.
Rubies are formed under the earth’s surface in extreme pressure and heat and are made from aluminum oxide. Usually, it results in being colorless but due to the replacement of other minerals by aluminum atoms, this contributes to the color. During formation due to silica and iron being present it prevents the formation of Rubies thus why it is almost rare to find.
In crystal belief it is said that Rubies aid with assisting the heart chakra and are said to be an uplifting stone. They are believed to promote wealth, love, and knowledge as well in helping improve energy and concentration, along with encouraging positive dreams and courage. Rubies are thought to be a protector of possessions and family.