Ruby ( माणिक, माणिक्य )
Ruby is a precious red variety of Corundum mineral. This red stone rates 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. Ruby (called manik or manikya in hindi) represents the astrological planet Sun as per Indian Vedic astrology. The sun is considered to be of utmost importance in astrology and has the place of father/king in a horoscope. Wearing Ruby blesses the wearer with enormous success, financial growth, dignity and authority.
- Vedic astrology recommends Ruby for Leo (Singh) rashi.
- Ascendants of Aries, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Pisces can also wear Ruby.
- Ruby is the birthstone for people born in the month of July.
- Western astrology also recommends Ruby birthstone for Cancer sign.
|Carat Weight||minimum 1/12th of the wearer’s body weight (in kgs) but if the wearer chooses to go for high quality gemstone, even a stone with lesser carat weight will provide equally good results|
|Color||pure red (pigeon blood) Ruby is best for astrological purposes; pinkish red or purplish red stones are also effective|
|Metal||yellow gold and panchdhatu are highly recommended; silver and white gold can also be used|
|Finger||ring finger of the working hand|
|Day & Time||Sunday, morning between 6 am and 9am|
|Mantra||'Om Ghrini Suryay Namha', ॐ घृणिः सूर्याय नमः|
Ruby benefits in many different ways depending on the placement of the Sun in one’s Horoscope. Ruby is a protection stone brimming with benefits.
Academic Success & Career Growth- Ruby provides the wearer with the much-required intellect, focus and firm determination needed to succeed in life. It enhances the wearer’s creativity, confidence, decision making and leadership skills. It is highly beneficial for people in the field of politics, administrative services, diplomacy and other leadership roles. It is also recommended for students preparing for state or civil services examinations.
Recognition & Fame- Ruby has always been associated with royalty throughout the history. Thus, wearing Ruby elevates the lifestyle and social status of the wearer. It also helps the wearer attain a high stature and respect in society.
Provides Mental Strength- Ruby is very beneficial for people with low self esteem issues. It helps the wearer to overcome any type of emotional and mental setbacks in life. It removes negativity from the wearer’s life and provides them with clarity of thoughts and mind.
Physical Well-Being- Ruby is a great stone for strengthening the muscles, enhancing blood circulation, detoxifying the body and boosting energy levels. It helps to treat ailments and illnesses such as weak eyes, digestive issues, bone related problems, reproduction complications and hormonal disorders.
Ruby has a good command and value in the market. The price range of Ruby stones is very wide and depends on various quality parameters. The price of natural and untreated Ruby stones can start at ₹2,000 ($25) per carat and go upto ₹2,00,000 ($3,000) per carat.
Origin- Ruby is mainly sourced from India, Afghanistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma) and Africa. Burmese Ruby is the most precious and expensive Ruby because of its exceptional color similar to that of pigeon’s blood. The price range of Burmese Ruby starts from ₹20,000 ($250) per carat. Ruby from Mozambique and Tanzania in Africa is also sought after for its dark color, fine quality and affordability. The price range of African Ruby starts from ₹2,000 ($25) per carat.
Color- Ruby stones are primarily red in color but most stones exhibit a range of secondary hues i.e. orange, purple, violet and pink. Rubies with a pure red color are more desirable and valuable than Ruby stones with secondary undertones. Ruby stones with a vivid pigeon blood red color are the most sought after and expensive. The most important point to be noted is that color should be natural and not artificially enhanced.
Clarity- Ruby has natural needle-like rutile inclusions. Stones with fewer and smaller inclusions lead to better clarity and thus command a higher price. Ruby with non visible inclusions are extremely rare and extremely expensive.
Cut- The cut and finish of the stone depicts the quality and sheen of the gemstone. A finely cut and faceted Ruby stone would appear much brighter, illuminated and consistently colored than badly cut stone of same color and clarity. Therefore the more finished and smooth the gemstone, the more valuable it will have in the market.
Carat Weight- The price of Ruby per carat increases exponentially with increase in carat weight. For example, the price per carat of 3-carat Ruby stone is much higher than the price per carat of 1-carat Ruby stone of the same quality. This is due to the rarity of good quality stones of bigger sizes.
Treatment- Ruby is one of the most precious gemstones and a good quality Ruby is rare to find. Additionally, untreated stones of high quality command a large premium. So, low quality stones are often treated to enhance their color and improve their clarity. But treated stones do not provide any astrological benefits as treatments alter the properties of the stone making them lose their powers. So, it is wise to buy a certified Ruby stone with a laboratory report that mentions if any treatment is present. This certificate will also ensure the quality, origin, color and cut of the stone.