Ruby, known as Manik is a type of sapphire that’s admired across all generations for its enchanting royal elegance. In India, Ruby has enjoyed immense popularity throughout its history. The captivating gemstone has inspired several songs and film titles. The legendary filmmaker and the true gem of India by all means, Satyajit Ray owned the nickname ‘Manik’, which in retrospect, justifies his exceptional capabilities. The use of the name Ruby has been an integral part of pop culture.
Found in hues of red, pink and even available in nearly colourless forms, Ruby (Manik) Stone represents the planet Sun. It is believed to clear confusion, enhance the wearer’s confidence and help them overcome challenges.
The commonly available shapes of Ruby are Round Cut, Princess Cut, Oval, Pear, Heart, and Cushion shapes. The aluminium oxide found under the earth’s surface, when subjected to extreme heat and pressure, forms Ruby. Chemically, Ruby is composed of Aluminium oxide with Chromium (Al2O3Cr).
The Origin of Ruby
Rubies are the second hardest gemstone and have a hardness of 9 as recorded on the Mohs scale. This same scale ranks Diamond at the top with a hardness of 10. Ruby belongs to the Corundum family. All members of the Corundum family are chemically constituted of two elements – Aluminium and Oxides. The variety in the colour of sapphires is due to the presence of trace elements that impart colour. The reddish hue of Ruby is attributed to the presence of Chromium and Iron.
Like all sapphires, Rubies are formed in the hexagonal crystal structure. Due to this structure, Rubies possess colour bands which follow the growth pattern and can be seen as inclusions within the stone. Rubies offer versatility in the form of marbles and basalts. The marble base rock shaped Rubies are softer, brighter and more valuable.
The Habitat of Ruby
Burmese Ruby stones, originating in Myanmar are of the highest quality. Other than Myanmar, Rubies can also be found in Bangkok, Tanzania (Songea), Afghanistan (Badakhshan), Madagascar (Andilamena and Vatomandry) and Africa (Mozambique and Kenya).
The History of Ruby
Historically, Manik is one of the most significant coloured stones. The Bible mentions Rubies four times, in association with attributes like beauty and wisdom. In Sanskrit, Rubies are called ‘Ratnaraj’, translating to ‘King of Precious Stones.’
The Roman scholar Pliny included rubies in his Natural History, elaborating on their hardness and density during the first century AD. According to ancient Hindu culture, offering high-quality Rubies to Lord Krishna ensures a rebirth as an emperor.
Over the years, Ruby has been a part of several legends. Indians believed that Rubies allowed one to be at peace with their enemies. In Burma, warriors owned Rubies to gain invincibility. However, just wearing them wasn’t enough. They had to insert the stones into their flesh to make them a part of their bodies.
The name Ruby is derived from the Latin word ‘Ruber’, which translates to ‘Red.’
Ruby has often been referred to as the most precious of the 12 stones created by God.
Not only that, several medieval Europeans wore rubies to guarantee health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love.
Throughout human history, Ruby has been associated with fire and blood; a symbol of passion, courage, love, and enduring romance.
Rubies offer brilliant benefits to the wearer.
The Virtues of Ruby
- Ruby was admired by kings across the world
- Manik clears confusion and increases self-confidence
- Eliminates negative thinking
- Confers good fortune and wealth in life
- Restores happiness and peace in life
- Rubies are worn for success and growth in businesses, jobs, social status, and authority
- Helps overcome timidity
- Restore vitality and help in issues related to eyesight and blood circulation
- This stone is believed to confer success in competitive exams, for practitioners of medicine, agriculturists, politicians and government personnel
The ritual to wear Ruby
The Ruby gemstone is the birthstone for those born in July and the zodiac sign Leo. However, anyone can wear a Ruby stone, only after consulting an astrologer before wearing it.
It can be worn with a gold ring. There is an elaborate ritual to the process of wearing a Manik ring.
Firstly, it should be marinated in a bowl with 1 spoon of curd, honey, gangajal, tulsi leaves and ghee for 10 minutes. This will activate and cleanse the bead and remove all its negativity. Thereafter, one needs to pray to god and take the ring out of the mixture, and rinse it with pure gangajal. Thereafter, one needs to pray to god and take the ring out of the mixture, and rinse it with pure gangajal. Finally, the wearer has to wear it on the ring finger of their right hand on a Saturday while reciting the mantra ‘Om Suryay Namah’ 108 times.
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Ruby weighs between 3-6 carats ideally. The cost of natural Ruby ( Manik ) varies depending on their colour, clarity, size, and overall quality. Substitutes of Ruby are Red Garnet, Ruby lite and Red Onyx.
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