Dr. Nitish Priyadarshi
Ruby is an excellent stone for energy. Imparting vigor to life, it energizes and balances but may sometimes over stimulate in delicate or irritable people. Ruby encourages passion for life but never in a self-destructive way. It improves motivation and setting of realistic goals.
Most rubies come from Sri Lanka, but the best quality stones are mined in Burma. The rich red wine colour of these jewels is enhanced by electric light so it is always advisable to examine them in natural day light before purchase.
Because of its colour, the ruby has always been associated with healing diseases of the blood. Eastern mythology calls it ‘a drop of blood from Mother Earth’s heart’.
Red colour of ruby is due to Cr2 03 present in solid solution. In low concentration colour is pale, inclining to pink. With a concentration between 1% and 4%, colour deepens. Some amount of iron is generally present in ruby, which reduces the richness of red shale. With a higher amount of iron ruby turns brownish. Chromium rich rubies impart red fluorescence. Iron rich rubies may not fluorescence at all.
Different crystals now a days are used in medical practices. They are piezoelectric, which means that electricity, and sometimes light, is produced by compression. This property is harnessed in ultrasound machines, which use a piezoelectric crystal to produce a sound wave. Sound is now being applied at the leading edge of the surgery. A tightly focused beam of ultrasound can cauterize wounds deep within the body and blast tumors without the need for invasive procedures.
Crystals were created as the earth formed and they have continued to metamorphose as the planet itself has changed. Crystals are the earth’s DNA, a chemical imprint for evolution. They are the miniature storehouses, containing the records of the development of the earth over million of years.
Rubies have a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Among the natural gems only diamond is harder, with a Mohs 10.0 by definition.
All natural rubies have imperfections in them, including color impurities and inclusions of rutile needles known as "silk". Gemologists use these needle inclusions found in natural rubies to distinguish them from synthetics, simulants, or substitutes. Usually the rough stone is heated before cutting. Almost all rubies today are treated in some form, with heat treatment being the most common practice. However, rubies that are completely untreated are still of excellent quality and command a large premium.
Its color varies from deep cochineal to pale rose red, in some cases inclining to purple, the most valued tint being that know to experts as pigeon’s blood color. On exposure to a high temperature the ruby becomes green, but regains its original color on cooling-a behavior which is consistent with the supposition that the stone owes its color to the presence of oxide of chromium, and indeed in artificial rubies the required tint is always obtained by the use of some compound of chromium.
Ruby stimulates the heart chakra and balances the heart. It promotes positive dreams and clear visualization, and stimulates the pineal gland.
Physically Ruby overcomes exhaustion and lethargy and imparts potency and vigor. Conversely, it calms hyperactivity.
Ruby detoxifies the body, blood and lymph, and treats fever, infectious disease, and restricted blood flow. It stimulates the adrenals, kidneys, reproductive organs and spleen.
In Ancient Greece it was thought that rubies and other crystals could be either male or female. Stones with stronger colours were said to be male while paler varieties of the same crystal indicated that they were female. The ruby is one of several stones said to foretell death. If its colour paled or changed to black, the wearer’s life was in danger.
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