No matter how one feels about Valentine’s Day, it’s hard not to go into the month of February without thinking about love and friendship. Between the cozy weather (unless you live in the South–but even here, our humidity likes to give big hugs) and the pink and red heart decor all over the stores, we all tend to turn our thoughts toward manifesting new and/or enhanced friendships and intimate relationships. And there is no better stone to have along for that journey than Ruby.
Ruby is a red variety of Corundum with a hardness of 9 that is mined most commonly in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, India, Brazil, and the United States (most of the Ruby that we carry at Earth Odyssey comes from India). It is well-known to people primarily as the birthstone for July and as a root and heart chakra balancing crystal. Metaphysically, Ruby is a stone of intense vibrancy and passion. Passion for life, passion for love, for physical wellness, for new experiences, and for inspiring you to be the best version of yourself and to be brave in the face of change.
In his Book of Stones, Robert Simmons refers to Ruby as a “magnet for novelty and adventure” and as a “stone for courage” that “helps you be the kind of person you would look up to.” Doesn’t Ruby have all the qualities of the ideal best friends and romantic partners we all want?
As the full Snow Moon rises in Leo, so too does our desire for adventure, passion, and human connection. One can think of Ruby as a perfect stone to represent connection because we can find it conjoined as a supportive “partner” with so many other minerals –think Ruby Zoisite, Ruby Fuchsite, Ruby Kyanite. It’s a stone that’s not only perfectly strong and beautiful on its own, but when combined with other minerals, it not only coexists with them, but it enhances them. Literally. Adding Ruby to other minerals makes them stronger and fluorescent.
On its own, Kyanite aids the development of psychic ability and intuition as well as the “bridging” of inner thoughts (i.e. making and strengthening internal connections) and has a hardness of 4.5 to 7. When combined with Ruby, it has a hardness of up to 9 and is a powerful stone for connection—for, according to the Book of Stones, “quickening the formation of intimate relationships and enhancing mutual attraction…while enhancing courage, strength, and sense of adventure.”
By itself, Fuchsite has a hardness of 2 to 3 on the Mohs scale and is a crystal for purifying the emotional body of negative/toxic emotions and drawing in more optimism. With Ruby, the hardness remains 2 to 3, but it adds the unique metaphysical property of increasing your sense of self worth and helping you raise your standards to only attract partners and situations deserving of your energy as it also aids in clearing away “psychic debris” from past relationships.
Zoisite is, on its own, has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 and is associated with vitality, positivity, and healthy life force. When combined with Ruby, the hardness remains 6.5 to 7, but it becomes a powerful stone for fertility and healing.
As you can see, Ruby enhances every stone it interacts with and brings forth the best properties of its stone partners without overshadowing or compromising them. It is a top choice stone for manifesting relationships and friendships because it’s easy to see the stone “working” for these intentions all on its own in nature.
When you hold and wear Rubies, especially Star Rubies, you can truly feel like anything is possible and become inspired to continue working towards the best “you” that one can be, both for yourself and those you love.
Happy Valentine’s Day and Lupercalia!