Ruby Loose Gemstones
Ruby is the red variety of corundum, the second hardest natural mineral known to mankind. The non-red variety of corundum is Sapphire The red color in ruby is caused by trace amounts of the element chromium. The best shade of red for ruby is often given the name “pigeon blood red”, but ruby can be any shade of red from dark maroon to almost pink.
Rubies have a famous place in science – the first lasers were made from artificial ruby crystals. They still are used for this purpose although other materials offer improved efficiency.
Rubies come from all over the world but good gemstones are found at Thailand, India, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, North Carolina in the U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Kampuchea, and perhaps most notably, Burma.
Ruby vitalizes the circulation and immune systems and promotes courage, integrity , spiritual devotion, loyalty and selfless love. Use with care as it intensifies all emotions both positive and negative. Helps us to overcome our perceived limitations.