Did you know that there is much more to ruby than those overly processed translucent red gemstones that you see in the mainstream today? We are going to discuss the world of real rubies, and their meanings, answer your top five questions about ruby crystal, and at the end, I will reveal if you are somebody who could benefit from ruby crystal properties.
The top five questions about ruby crystal:
- What are the healing properties of ruby?
- How can you use ruby in your healing practice?
- What are the different types of rubies found in healing?
- How can you care for your ruby crystals?
- How do you tell the difference between real versus fake rubies?
We are also going to discuss synthetic rubies and composite rubies.
What is Ruby?
Ruby is a red version of a mineral called corundum. It is also only one out of the four gemstones that they classify as precious gemstones.
How did Ruby get its name?
The precious ruby gemstone got its name from the Latin word called “ruber,” which means red.
What color is ruby?
The red color in ruby distinguishes it from sapphire because sapphire is also a corundum but is any other color of corundum except for red.
This red can vary from that bright red you see in polished stones to a deep purplish red like the natural ruby hexagon. It could even be a darker red, almost a black-looking color, but it has to have some tint of red in it to be a ruby.
Ruby healing and metaphysical properties
Ruby has been known in crystal healing as the stone of royalty for many centuries. It has been used by royals and anybody who wants to elevate their status in life and elevate their form of thinking.
Helps to lift you up
Instead of dwelling in low-energy negative thinking full of complaints, ruby crystal helps to lift you up, surrounds you with positive energies, and helps you think of solutions that will progress you in life.
Royalty and leadership
It encourages leadership skills. That is the second thing that ruby crystal is great for: royalty and leadership.
Deep love energy
At the heart chakra, the third thing I’m going to tell you is for deep love energy. It helps you strengthen your self-worth so that you can command the respect you deserve.
At the root chakra, it activates that energy of passion for life.
Combine all these three things, and it makes Ruby a very powerful stone.
Gift ruby crystals when you want to show somebody that your bond is eternal, just like rubies are everlasting. Your friendship and your love are going to be forever.
How to use Ruby crystal in your healing practice?
For some of you sensitive to energies, working with just ruby may be a little overwhelming, so I would recommend combining it with softer spiritual energy stones like amethyst, which works well at the crown chakra.
I’m going to show you a few ways on how you can use your different shapes of rubies in healing.
Ruby crystal egg
First of all, if you have ruby eggs, you can hold them.
You can meditate with them anytime you’re going through any kind of transition so that it eases you in and reminds you that you are going to come out as a stronger, better person after the change.
Raw ruby crystal
Hold on to your raw rubies when you’re feeling a little bit vulnerable, a little bit weak.
Raw rubies are very, very strong. They are very durable, like little pillars of strength.
So just hold on to them, squeeze them, and have them nearby as your pillars of strength.
Ruby crystal pendant
Wear ruby pendants at your heart chakra or down to your root chakra. Or have ruby bracelets on which correspond with your root chakra area to activate these two chakras and connect the energies together.
Ruby tumbled stone
You could also have the ruby tumbled stones when you’re doing a crystal layout and just place the stones on the heart chakra and the root chakra for activation.
We have more ideas about crystal shapes and formation for you.
Where to put Ruby crystal?
Place ruby gemstones around your workplace to enhance your leadership skills.
These ruby pieces can be placed right on your desk, or on your shelf. They are not only attractive—people will be attracted to the stones themselves—but also the energy of your personality.
For feng shui, place your ruby stones in the fame and reputation area of your space to help boost your self-esteem and thus elevate your reputation in life.
Different types of rubies
First, we have the red ruby.
As I said before, there are those translucent bright red ones that you see in all the fancy jewelry stores.
But red rubies can also be blackish purple to pinkish red. These are both ruby tumbled stones and they are known as red rubies because they have that tint of red.
These are lesser in grade than those fancy ones you see in the stores, which is great for us healers because they are much more affordable and we can use them in the exact same way for energy healing. They are also much more earthy; they have that hefty feel to them.
The good thing about rubies is that they are so durable that we can use them in all sorts of ways.
You can also have a Ruby fuchsite.
Fuchsite is a green mica stone, the red rubies have grown within the fuchsite.
The distinguishing thing about ruby fuchsite is that the rubies themselves are rimmed in blue kyanite, and the fuchsia also shows some white minerals. This is a pretty common stone compared to another version I’m going to discuss later.
Ruby fuchsite comes from southern India, and you’ll see it polished in all kinds of ways. The little red marks on the stone you see are rubies.
Ruby zoisite is often confused with ruby fuchsite.
But I’m going to tell you the differences.
Ruby zoisite comes from Tanzania, whereas ruby fuchsite comes from India and is much more abundant.
Ruby zoisite is a little bit more rare; it is usually a darker green (doesn’t have to be), and it does have the rubies embedded just like the fuchsite. However, there is no blue kyanite rim; there are no white minerals within the zoisite, and there are black inclusions known as hornblende.
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Another stone that comes from southern India is ruby kyanite, and ruby kyanite combines the dark blue kyanite with the dark red rubies. These naturally grow together, and sometimes it’s hard to see the rubies within the stone.
Now I’m going to tell you a special type of ruby called star ruby.
You might already be familiar with asterism or the star effect. We have some dancing star rose quartz spheres, which you might have in your collection.
Ruby does the same thing. When you shine a single source of bright light, you can find the point where the stone moves, and the rays look like a little dancing star.
Not all rubies show asterism, so if you do find one, get it.
Those are some examples of natural rubies and rubies in other stones—ruby zoisite, and ruby kyanite. Besides the general ruby crystal metaphysical properties, they have special properties on their own.
How to care for ruby crystal?
Ruby is a very tough stone. It is a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness. The only stone that is a 10 on the scale is a diamond, so a diamond can scratch rubies.
But anything else in your collection will not be able to damage your ruby stones. So, that’s good news; it is very sturdy and durable.
However, you do want to keep in mind that if you do have ruby jewelry, the jewelry components themselves are not that tough. So, you want to handle them with care. Don’t be yanking or pulling or tugging at your jewelry.
Now, that being said, ruby crystal, being that sturdy and tough, you can clean it in water.
This is one of the stones that you can use the water method. However, as with all stones, if you have a piece with a natural fracture line, you don’t want to keep it soaked in water as that will weaken the fracture, and it could crack in half.
Real ruby vs fake
The only certain way is to get it appraised by a jeweler, a gemologist, or send it to a reputable laboratory.
The second-best thing is to have a trusted seller, so they know exactly what they’re talking about. If you ask them a question, they have the answer or they know where to lead you.
Now, if you want to determine for yourself if your rubies are real or not, here are a few tips. They are not conclusive in themselves, but they will give you a hint and an idea.
First of all, as I said, all rubies are red or have some kind of red tone.
Now, here’s an example of two different tumble stones.
However, upon closer look, you may find the fake one does not have any red tint at all. It is more of an indigo blue, and therefore it remains a sapphire because sapphire is any color of corundum that is not red.
The real one may not be bright red, but it does have that purplish red tone, and that makes this stone a ruby.
That’s an example of why it is important to have a reputable vendor to go to. This vendor obviously didn’t care what the stones were; they just tossed them all together. They didn’t do their research, but luckily for us, we know the difference so we can pass that on to our customers.
A synthetic ruby is a ruby that is created in a laboratory. It takes only a few months, whereas real rubies take millions of years to form in the earth.
Synthetic rubies have the same crystal structure as the real ruby.
So, for us who are just normal healers and people, we cannot tell the difference between synthetic and real rubies, but we can send them in.
We could also take a look with our eye loop magnifier and look inside the synthetic stones because these are usually very clear, like the clear rubies that they’re trying to imitate.
And if you don’t see any flaws, inclusions, or little imperfections within the stone, you have a clue that this could be a synthetic ruby.
You will also be able to tell from the price because synthetic rubies will not be as expensive as real rubies.
How to tell fake raw ruby?
Now, of course, we are talking about those fancy gemstone rubies, not these raw ones.
For these raw rubies, you might want to see if they have any air bubbles.
Air bubbles mean that they could be composite rubies. Composite rubies are real rubies that have been mixed in with glass, and these have become increasingly popular on the market as the years go by because vendors want to either trick you into thinking that these are real rubies to pay a good price for glass rubies, or they just don’t know.
These are composite rubies versus real rubies. The price should be different, but in these day and age, we don’t know if they are distinguishing the two.
So, composite rubies, if you look again in a magnifier, you might see some air bubbles, and air bubbles are distinct from glass, whereas rubies would not have air bubbles but they may have some other kinds of inclusions.
Use a gem testing machine
Another way to tell is if you have a lot of clues that you have a ruby crystal, or maybe you think it’s a fake. You have a gem testing machine, and you can test the stones to verify if it is ruby or if it is glass.
Real ruby can not be scratched
And lastly, as I said, rubies are very hard. They should not be scratched by other gemstones; they shouldn’t be scratched by glass, by knives, or pennies, or any other softer materials than a diamond.
So, that is an easy test to do if you have a piece that you can scratch.
What is a composite ruby?
Now let’s talk a little bit more about composite ruby.
As I said, composite rubies are real rubies mixed with glass, and these started appearing on the gem market in 2006, and they have just increased from there.
And as the years go by, it seems that there’s more and more glass holding together, holding the rubies together.
You can see a natural piece of ruby crystal, it’s growing with extraneous minerals. They leach out all these other minerals, and then they fill the stone with glass to hold the actual ruby together. They could also dye the stone so it looks nice and bright red, which a lot of consumers like.
If you have a composite ruby ring and look closely, you will see the white lines in the stone. These are the areas where the glass is holding the ruby together.
So, this is a good way to tell if you have a composite ruby or not. You’ll see these little lines everywhere, kind of like webs or prints in the stone. This means that you have a composite gemstone.
Can you use composite ruby in healing practice?
People still use composite rubies in their healing practice, it just depends on you.
If you like pure natural stones or if you don’t mind composite mixed a little bit with glass because, after all, some stones are already manipulated. They’re already polished; they’re already set in metal.
So, it depends on you as a healer if you’re going to use composite rubies or not.
But of course, composite rubies are much cheaper than natural rubies, so that is one of the draws, especially if you’re a beginner in the world of rubies. You might want to start with composite.
But the main thing is that you know what you are buying, so you know that you’re paying for a composite versus a real ruby crystal.
Who should use the ruby crystal?
- If one or more of these statements relates to you, you could use ruby crystal right now.
- If you are looking for a stone of royalty, ruby is your stone.
- If you are attracted to precious gemstones, ruby is only one out of the four precious gemstones out there. If you are looking to elevate your state of mind, and get out of that lowly thinking, you can use rubies.
- If you are seeking a leadership stone, if you’re ready to rule the world, use rubies.
- If you want to activate your energy and passion at the root chakra, use rubies.
- If you want to strengthen your self-worth, your self-esteem, your reputation, then rubies are definitely for you.
Conclusion on ruby crystal
Do you use rubies in your healing practice? Are you a collector of ruby crystals? If you need ruby crystals in your collection, we have a whole selection for you at our crystal shop. We have red rubies, we have raw rubies, we have star rubies, we have ruby zoisite, ruby fuchsite, ruby kyanite—all kinds of rubies for your life.