Specific Gravity: 3.94-4.1||
Crystal System: Hexagonal||
Luster: virtous to adamantine||
Color: Blood-red or Red with a purple tinge only. ||
Habit: Can be found as tapering prismatic, pyramidal, or tabular, often is striated. Star ruby has rutile inclusions that form four, five or six-pointed stars.
Environment of Origin: Rubies are the red variety of corundum. Corundum is formed in nepheline syenite pegmatites, in contact metamorphic rocks.
Because of its flame color, the ruby was used to make water boil. Powers of the ruby were many: to ward off plagues and pestilence (worn on the left side), to make the wearer prudent, reduce melancholy, restrain lust, and ensure good harvests. If the color darkened, the wearer was warned of approaching danger. Inserted in the flesh, it made one strong and invincible. Also, sleeping with ruby under a pillow inhibits nightmares. Rubies were used to guard against the elements; if ruby touched to the four corners of a house or garden, it would ward off tempest, lightning, and worms! People will find it most beneficial when set in gold.
Associated Stone: Ruby||
Powers: Wealth, Protection, Power, Joy, Anti-Nightmare
Deities: Buddha, Krishna|
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