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RUBY RULES

BY MAIA ADAMS, ADORN INSIGHT

When it comes to symbolism, few gemstones can match the pedigree of July’s birthstone: the ruby. Mentioned in the Bible and ancient Sanskrit texts, it denoted friendship and vitality. In the belief that rubies protected the wearer from ill health and misfortune, Burmese warriors went as far as inserting them under their skin before going into battle. The notion that they promoted wealth did much for their popularity among royal elites. Synonymous with passion, rubies have inspired love-struck devotees down the ages. Today, thanks to a renewed interest in classic coloured gems, the stone that was once believed to make water boil is hot property all over again.