What is the ruby?

Ruby is a monocrystalline variety of aluminium oxide, a mineral known as corundum. It is a noble crystal, the only natural substance of hardness 9 in the Mohs scale, second only to the diamond. It is known for its bright red color, due to the chrome, but it can also be presented in other shades. You can have "pigeon's blood" or even rosy stones. The rubies that are found in nature are not very large, so a pure stone that exceeds 10 carats is a very rare example. Usually the best buds are cut into facets. The less transparent ones, on the other hand, are modeled as cabochons. Currently the best known deposits are in Burma.

The synthetic ruby

It is possible to recreate these stones in the laboratory. The result is used to create ruby ​​lasers. The first example of a synthetic ruby was made by Theodore H. Maiman in 1960 at the Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.

Curiosities about rubies

The Puranic tradition tells that the sun-god Surya stole the blood of Bala, a demon with immense powers. He fled, wandering the skies and covering them with his splendor. Ravana, king of the island of Sri Lanka, envious of Surya, decided to stop the flight. The latter was frightened and dropped the demon's blood, which was deposited on the bottom of an expanse of water in the Bhararta region. From that moment the beach was filled with rubies, luminous, and powerful just like this solar divinity.

The ruby was also known to the Greeks and Romans. The first called these stones ántrax, which means live coal: they believed that such gems, exposed to heat, became the color of burning coals, thus equalling the splendor and power of the Sun. The legend of the powerful Siegfried makes us understand that even the Germans were not immune to the charm of the rubies. It is said that he defeated the Nibelungs with his sword Burgundi, a weapon whose handle was studded with shiny rubies.

Ruby in crystal therapy

Ancient legends have made the ruby a symbol of victory, life, power, and longevity. In the Middle Ages, it was thought that the stone gave the wearer divine powers. Over time, the red color of the ruby has also been associated with the passion, the inextinguishable love. It is considered an amulet that brings happiness, able to reconcile quarrels and protect against the dangers of water.

Ancient medicine considers ruby to be an anti-hemorrhagic and a means of preserving memory. Gives joy and courage. It is recommended for those suffering from low blood pressure and those who must improve the quality of sleep and appetite. Ruby stimulates the basic chakra, or first chakra, increasing the vitality and energy of the life force, with effects on the organism and the spirit. It clarifies the mind, increases concentration and self-esteem of the person that wears the gem. In addition, ruby ​​enhances sexual pleasure. Since it is a stone that warms the body, it should never be used in case of fever.

The beauty of the ruby in a jewel

Wearing a ruby means showing the world about your authority and giving yourself the chance to let all your best qualities emerge. This is why Recarlo dedicated a ring to this stone with a solitaire ruby with a stubby shank in the Anniversary line. The gold that supports the stone is 18 carats and around it, there are diamonds of 0.26 carats (Price: 995 euros VAT included).


Given that red is the color of passion and that ruby is the gem that best embodies it, Marco Gerbella has dedicated to the heart the stone that represents three jewels that cannot be missed in the jewelry box of a beloved woman. The ring Marco Gerbella in rose gold with a ruby heart is mounted has a pavé on which are mounted stones of 0.13 carats (Price: 260 euros VAT included).


To this, you can add the bracelet Marco Gerbella in rose gold with a heart of rubies: on a rigid frame of 2 grams, a small heart decorates the wrist of the beloved with stones of 0.13 carats (Price: 390 euros VAT included).


The set is completed by the Marco Gerbella necklace in rose gold with a ruby heart: a soft chain of 2.90 grams culminates in a suspended pendant with 0.40 carat stones (€ 570 VAT included).


Thanks to the changing colors, the ruby lends itself to embellish other gems. An example? Pomellato Bahia earrings with quartz and ruby: two irregular and colored drop-shaped stones, are supported by a rose gold frame and embellished with two small almost rosé rubies (Price: 4,200 euros VAT included).


A perfect combination to these joys for the ears is the Pomellato Bahia ring of the same line. Also a smoky quartz with oval but irregular cut, is accompanied by small contrasting gemstones, supported by a stem with a natural shape, all mounted on a pink gold structure (Price: 2,700 euros VAT included).