(Last Updated on : 28/12/2012)
Ruby, gemstone Ruby is a mineral or stone. In terms of chemistry, it is an amalgamation of Aluminium, Oxygen, Iron and Chromium. There are eight planets in the solar system. The sun is the mother of all planets. It symbolizes fire and makes the daytime. Ruby is worn to enhance the power of sun. The sun is regarded as the essence and the ruler of all planets. The gemstone Ruby corresponding to the sun is reddish purple in colour. It has a nature that is dominated by bile and it is the Lord of Eastern direction.
Ruby mines can be seen in China, Burma, South India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Ruby must be worn by people with Leo as their zodiac sign, or the sun's position in his horoscope is weak. The wearing of Ruby eradicates paucity, furnishes opulence, name and fame in political arena and a son is born to the wearer. It is beneficial to those who are ambitious to attain higher offices. Ruby can be worn by engineers, mineralogists, goldsmiths i.e. jewellers, actors, dramatists, artists, government officials, politicians, diplomats, merchants and hopefuls to fame, stock exchangers, traders of cloth, cotton paper and flowers. Artistic people, who want reputation and good health, must wear Ruby.
Methods of Wearing Ruby
Its weight should be a minimum of three Rattis i.e.360 mg. More the weight of the Ruby, the greater is its outcome. The ruby must be studded in copper or gold. Before wearing, it should be kept in water of Ganga River
or spring water mixed with milk on Saturday night. Then after washing it with water on Sunday before 10 a.m., it should be worn on the ring finger, while chanting the Mantras 'Om Hreem Hansah Suryaye Namah Om'. One should say a prayer- 'O God! Sun, we have put on your gem for your grace, kindly save us fully'. Then the user should donate red cloth, wheat, jaggery, copper and money according to his or her capacity to a Brahmin. Fasting on Sunday also consoles the malevolent sun. Ruby keeps on influencing the wearer for four years, from the very day when it is worn.
People whose names start with ma, mee, mi, mu, mo, ta, tee, Tay, tu, should take Leo
as their sign of the Zodiac. An individual born on dates 1, 10, 19, 28, of any month and people born during the period from 17th August to 16th September or in the month of January or July should wear Ruby.
Nearly all rubies are treated with heat to improve colour and clarity. Dyes are sometimes used to intensify Ruby colour. Coatings are used to camouflage surface fractures. Coatings will wear off in time.
Some translucent rubies cut into cabochons i.e. smooth domes produce a star with six rays that stretch across the domed surface. There are also some synthetic rubies. Like many other popular gemstones, Rubies can be created in a laboratory. Lab gems are an affordable choice when someone is buying a ruby, but the stone's origins should always be disclosed. When buying ruby the customer should see that large, high-quality, natural rubies are very rare and expensive and should be accompanied by a report from a qualified gem lab that certifies their authenticity. Ruby jewellery should be bought from reputable dealers who know what they are selling and who disclose all treatments that have been performed on the gemstones.
Other Names of Ruby
Many deceitful names are given to less valuable red gems in connotation with ruby. The names can be mentioned as, Adelaide Ruby, American Ruby, Arizona Ruby, Australian Ruby, Bohemian Ruby, California Ruby, Elie Ruby, Montana Ruby, Rocky Mountain Ruby, Cape Ruby.
Beside for pyrope garnet, other reddish gems have also been assigned false names in connotation with ruby. These include: Alabandine Ruby i.e. almandine garnet, Ancona Ruby or rose quartz
, Balas Ruby i.e. pink to pale red spinel, Ruby Spinel i.e. red spinel, Geneva Ruby or synthetic ruby, Garnet Ruby or garnet, Siberian Ruby or red tourmaline, Brazilian Ruby or pink topaz
Ruby i.e. cuprite, Spinel
Ruby or red spinel.
Rubies are sometimes vivid and intense red. These are in huge demand and considered the most desirable gemstones. Some rubies are red with yellowish to orange tones. Some rubies are red with blue to purple tones as well.