Some Ruby Facts!
- The word ruby comes from the Latin rubens which means red.
- Ruby also gets its red coloring from trace amounts of chromium in the stone. Gemologists consider it the “rock star” of trace elements.
According to the Burmese Legend, the first Rubies were ‘hatched’ from an egg laid deep in the earth by a mysterious serpent.
On 12 May 2015, a 25.59 carat ruby ring sold for $1,266,901 (£810, 690) per carat, setting a new record at auction for a coloured gemstone.
Early cultures treasured rubies for their similarity to the redness of the blood that flowed through their veins, and believed that rubies held the power to life, they were able to shine through clothing and even boil water due to there eternal flame.
Ruby retained it’s importance with the birth of the western world and became one of the most sought-after gems of European royalty and the upper class. Many medieval Europeans wore rubies the guarantee health, wealth, wisdom and success in love.
In modern society, science of Colour Psychology associated certain colours with certain emotions. Ruby red is supposed to evoke feelings of excitement, lust and power. Sports teams who wear red consistently perform better on average than teams in other colours.