Though part of the sapphire family, the red variety is so coveted for their scarcity and powerful burning color that rubies are a category unto themselves. Known as the gemstone of nobility—written in Sanskrit as Ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones”—the ruby is universally hailed as a talisman of protection, love (in all forms), vitality, and prosperity. Ruby platinum jewelry is not for the faint of heart!
Because the best ruby specimens exhibit a strong hue that is naturally fluorescent, the gems appear to glow with an ember-like quality especially under daylight.
The ancients therefore believed that rubies carry within an inextinguishable fire; able to shine through any covering and, while remaining cool to the touch, causing water to boil upon immediate contact. In short, rubies were self-confidence and fortitude made tangible.
In the Middle Ages, rubies were worn to ward off the plague and clear the mind of sadness and idleness. They aided with resolving disputes, bringing much-needed mental tranquility.
Touted as a remedy for the eyes and, when ingested, rubies were also proclaimed to restore robustness and verve to the body.
Owing to their beauty and mighty reputation, the “gems of majesty” are one of the best gifts to wish a wedded couple eternal affection, marital balance, and dignity. Rubies would also be apt for the explorer, scientist, or student, for they instill an imperial kind of courage—as opposed to destructive—that ignites the desire to achieve to flourishing effect.
The noblest of gemstones with the noblest of metals: ruby platinum jewelry will be the reigning treasures of your jewelry suite!
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