Ruby Folklore and Mythology
Fiery red and enchanting, rubies have long been part of cultural mythology and folklore. First discovered as early as 2500 BC, rubies have been found in Myanmar, Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and, most recently, Greenland.
Throughout history, rubies have been revered and idolized, bringing them into the spotlight as the precious gem they are today. Many cultures believed that rubies were a symbol of passion, and could bring the wearer wealth and safety.
Ancient Hindu culture believed that, by gifting the god, Krishna, rubies you could be reborn with unimaginable power, even going as far as to believe you would be reborn as an emperor. They believed that the ruby was more precious than any other gemstone. It is believed that the symbolic Hindu offering, the Kalpa Tree, was made entirely of precious stones, and that rubies were the fruit of the tree, making them even more valuable than the tree’s original stones.
In many cultures, including ancient Chinese and Burmese cultures, rubies were believed to be the ultimate protection stone, due to their representation of life-giving blood, as their color indicates. They were worn into battle, and even buried under the skin to provide the most direct protection possible.
In the Christian Bible, rubies are referred to in many instances. These references make note of the way that rubies were viewed at the time: a symbol of the most beautiful, strong, and pure possession available. Oftentimes, pure and beautiful women are compared to rubies as a way to express just how valuable inner beauty can be.
Today, rubies are considered a gemstone of royalty. Their exquisite red color and history of elegance and beauty makes them one of the most romantic gems to give as a gift. Rubies are known to be the gemstone of the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
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