This genuine cabochon ruby from Sri Lanka has
been mounted in an 18 karat gold ring.
The ruby was considered in the ancient east to
be the luckiest of gems, able to confer protection
from all misfortunes, manmade or natural. A
member of the corundum family, ruby is
primarily found in India, Burma and Ceylon.
Sanskrit writing refers to it as "the king of gems".
Because of its rich red color, ruby is thought to
avert diseases of the blood and stomach. In
eastern philosophy, ruby promotes peace and
prosperity for its owner, and grants
invulnerability from evil. Its warm glow casts a
spell over the heart of all who behold it.