is the primary gem for the Sun. The red variety of
the mineral Corundum, Ruby is of the same gem species
as Sapphire, which occurs in practically every color.
Corundum is highly prized as the gemstone second in
hardness to Diamond. High hardness is valuable in
gem crystals for enhanced brilliance, the flashes
of reflected white light from the polished gemstone,
as well as for maximum durability.
color must fall within a specific range of hues and
tones of red in order to be given a gemological certificate
calling the gem Ruby. Too pink and it will be certified
as Pink Sapphire; too purple gives you a Purple Sapphire
'call' on your 'cert.'
rarely occurs in large, 'clean' crystals, meaning
crystals that are free of impurities or inclusions.
A four carat 'eye clean' Ruby is a rare gem indeed.
For Jyotish or Vedic astrology purposes some sources
recommend a 2 carat gem and some sources say we can
use either one carat or one and a half carat. Make
high quality your top priority, and secondly get the
largest gem you can afford, within reason, as you
will feel increased power with bigger gems. An important
reason to purchase your Ruby from a Graduate Gemologist,
or G.G., is that the majority of Rubies sold have
been heat-treated which render them impotent for our
healing and talismanic purposes. Rubies are usually
heated in the gem trade in order to enhance the color
and/or to melt certain types of inclusions. You will
want to be assured that your Ruby is a natural Ruby
with no evidence of heat treatment.
has been called 'the king of gems' throughout history
in many different cultures. As the gem of the Sun,
our life-giving star, the center of our solar system,
and the ruler of the royal sign of Leo, I have designed
the Sun ring to capture some sense of the regal!
Spinel is another fabulous yet not well-known
red gem. Many so-called Rubies throughout history
have actually been determined to be Red Spinels, including
some large gemstones in the British Crown Jewels.
Red Spinel deposits are found in some of the same
locales as Ruby deposits, accounting for its having
been commonly mistaken for Ruby prior to gemological
testing. You can acquire a beautiful red gem, relatively
free of flaws for approximately one quarter of the
price of a comparable color Ruby. You may not have
heard of Red Spinel as it is not abundant enough to
have been mass marketed; yet you will find any Gemologist
or well-informed jeweler to be aware of this red beauty.
With a hardness of 8, as compared to Ruby Corundum's
hardness of 9 you are taking a step down in hardness,
yet when compared to Tourmaline at 7 - 7 ½,
or Garnet at 6 ½ - 7 ½, you can see
that 8 still makes for a very hard and durable gemstone.
My sense is that a two carat Red Spinel would be a
very powerful gem, yet the traditional rule is over
3 carats for secondary gems.
Garnet, 3.30 carats in weight, is the gemstone
set in the Sun ring pictured at the top of this page.
The member of the Garnet group that displays the brightest,
lightest shades of red is Almandite. Rhodolite occurs
in shades of purplish red. The other red species of
Garnet, which is usually darker red, is Pyrope.
regarding all Sun gems. All of these gems are
heating to our bodies and energetic systems. These
gems should be worn only when recommended, obviously,
and with awareness as to the sense of heat in both
the body and the emotions. Even if recommended by
your astrologer as a supportive talisman, please remove
the gem from contact with your body if you feel your
heart racing, if you have high blood pressure or feel
overheated, agitated, 'hot-headed', etc. One of my
favorite ways to check the 'channeler' on any modern
esoteric book on gems and crystals is to flip straight
to Ruby and Coral and see if there is any warning
on the use of these hot gems. If there is not I consider
that the 'channeler' does not know of what they speak
to be unable to feel the heat emanating from these
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