Ruby, the red version of blue sapphire, is one of the top precious stones, along with sapphire, diamond and emerald. An incredibly popular stone, beading-grade ruby is nearly always dyed, to produced a stunning, but opaque, finish. Synthetic rubies are now becoming popular in jewelry. Natural rubies are commonly mined in Thailand, Cambodia and Afghanistan, with newly-discovered deposits across Asia and the Middle East. They are very popular in Indian jewelry, and are usually paired with gold and sapphires.
Ruby is wonderful for energy, and stimulates and balances the heart. It also acts as a powerful protector against psychic attack, and aids in retaining wealth and passion.
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