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[July Birthstone—Ruby] Worshiped since ancient times

[July Birthstone—Ruby] Worshiped since ancient times


Among the four major gemstones, ruby ​​carries a profound historical heritage and is a gemstone that is baptized and blessed by gods. Therefore, the bright red color and tough quality of rubies are regarded as the guardian stones of culture, status, family, health, etc.; rubies are also internationally designated as the birthstone of July.

The King of Gemstones at the Beginning of Civilization

In medieval Europe, rubies were regarded as gems of divine mercy. It is recorded in the European Christian classic "The Bible" that there are four rows of gems distributed on the breastplate of the priest Aaron. The ruby ​​ranks first in the first row. In ancient times, whether in the West or the East, the order was different. Status is important. The first one is often in the highest and most important position. From the order of arrangement here, we can see that ruby ​​was already the "King of Gemstones" in the early days of civilization.

Aaron the priest’s breastplate studded with precious stones [Internet picture]

The status gem of noble lineage

In China, ruby ​​is called "Light Pearl" in "Book of the Later Han Dynasty" and is believed to bring light. The crowns of queens of several generations have been inlaid with high-quality rubies, symbolizing the status and sustenance of the concubine. In the official crown system of the Qing Dynasty, the top of the hat was usually inlaid with gems, and those of first-rank officials were inlaid with rubies.

The Nine Dragons and Nine Phoenix Crown of Empress Xiaoduan of the Ming Dynasty [Collection of the National Museum of China]

Qing Dynasty first-grade official hat [Internet picture]

In India, ruby ​​is regarded as the national stone. It is called " ratnaraj " or " ratnayaka ", which means "queen of gems" and "head of gems" respectively. Indian princes are also keen to collect the most precious rubies in the world. This is not only a symbol of status and wealth, but also a rare gem recognized by culture. The Native Americans believe that if someone receives a ruby ​​given by the patriarch, he will become the new patriarch after reincarnation.

Health Gemstones for Body Purification

The famous Mogok, Myanmar, is rich in pigeon blood red rubies, and the warriors here believed that rubies could protect people from harm. They embedded rubies in their bodies to pray for invulnerability. What's interesting is that in the eyes of the Burmese people, bright red rubies are mature members of the corundum family, and those with darker colors need to be reburied in the ground to continue to develop.

In traditional Russian culture, people believe that rubies can fill people with vitality, cleanse the blood, and are good for the heart and brain. It is said that Henry VIII’s first wife foresaw her impending death because the color of the ruby ​​she owned gradually turned dull.

In Western culture to this day, people are also very keen on wearing ruby ​​rings on their left hands in order to turn misfortune into good luck and enemies into friends.

Burmese pigeon blood ruby ​​[Photo source: Sotheby’s]


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