Historical Significance of the Ruby Gemstone

Throughout history, the ruby gemstone has held different symbolic meanings and historical significance. It is important to note that each gemstone has different meanings and representations across cultures, however, the below list is an overview of some of the key significance the ruby has held at various points. 

Ancient Burials and Funeral Practices: rubies have been discovered in ancient burial tombs including those of Ancient Egypt and Burma. It is believed they were thought to provide protection to the deceased in the afterlife. 

Protection and Healing: In ancient civilizations, rubies were believed to protect from evil spirits and have healing properties. They were thought to ward off evil spirits, protect the wearer from harm, and even offer relief or cure for certain ailments. 

Royalty and Power: Throughout history, rubies have been used in association with royalty and nobility. In many cultures, they symbolize power, wealth and prestige. Ancient Hindus believed that offering rubies to the god Krishna would ensure their rebirth as emperors.

Symbol of Love and Passion: The deep red/pink color of rubies has often been associated with love, passion and devotion. Rubies are sometimes used in engagement rings and other jewelry showing affection. 

Birthstone and Zodiac: In modern times, rubies are the birthstone for the month of July and are associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer.  

This blog gives a very brief historical significance of a gemstone that has a vast history. In business for over 40 years, Legacy Jewelry, honors the stories of gemstones and enjoys bringing them into people’s lives. At Legacy, we sell the finest estate & new jewelry backed with a GIA Gemologist's signature of approval - view our collection here. We also offer appraisal and estate services. For same day service, give us a call at  949-230-1069.