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Love and Passion in Sparkling Ruby Red

Desire love, nurture, health, knowledge and wealth? This color is associated with all of those things. Red is a color of passion and love most of all, and it is the chosen shade for romantic gifts of roses and everything on Valentine’s Day. The gemstone ruby and the color red are forever paired as the most intense and passionate symbol of romance.


The name of “ruby” comes from its coloration, the Latin “ruber” meaning red.They are valued more highly than diamonds if their size and quality are exceptional.Its preciousness has been a standard from ancient times:

Proverbs 3:15-18 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.

Ranging from pink to blood-red, the most desirable shade is called “pigeon blood”. Related gems are garnets and spinels in color, but surprisingly in substance, it is the Sapphire which is identical except for minerals that give its hue. A traditional gemstone gift for 15th and 40th wedding anniversary, and the birthstone of July.

The character of this gem is:

  • nobility
  • purity
  • passion
  • energy
  • courage

In the past, People believed rubies bestowed health, wisdom, wealth and success in love.

All rubies fluoresce under ultraviolet light. Some rubies have enough fluorescence to seem to glow when in sunlight.



For Fun

Place a fun accent of ruby on your desk, to be used as a paperweight or simply as a cheerful eye-catcher. Or make a lovely and meaningful gesture as a message that you value someone more than rubies. A delightful crystal measuring 60mm (2.36″); with a silver tone stand.

As a gem, one of the finest is a deep red with a hint of purple, called “pigeon’s blood”. It is  the mineral corundum which has trace amounts of the element chromium; the greater the amount of chromium, the stronger the color.

This gem is the chosen birthstone for July. It is the traditional gift for a 40th wedding anniversary.

Proverbs 31:10. “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”

Tradition says that the ruby was the most precious of the 12 stones created by God.

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Ruby red slippers |
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Dreaming about Ruby Red?

In dreams, this color represents much the same elements stated in its symbolic attributes:

  • passion, love
  • strength, energy
  • excitement, enthusiasm
  • leadership, warrior, masculinity
  • anger, war, fighting, even bloodshed

Dreaming of the jewel represents friendship, love, wisdom, vitality. It can also stand for commitment and peace. The blood red hue associated it with life force.

Dreaming about a red car means you want to get somewhere fast, and indicates you are sporty and dynamic. It can also be a warning to not let your emotions, especially anger, drive you.

The hue of bright red can raise blood pressure and speed respiration and heart rate.

What Personality Owns a Red Car?

Kate Smith, president of a color consultation company, says it indicates a magnetic, energetic personality which is goal-driven. If your vehicle is the deeper color of ruby, it show you are sophisticated, and more subtle of your desire for attention. Assertive with an A for Alpha profile.

Ruby Red Interiors

The psychological effect of red is motivating and exciting. It can be arousing, or it might be threatening. A stimulating conversation and convivial atmosphere is inspired in living and dining rooms.

Accents bring liveliness and draw the eye. Nothing demands attention quite like a bold red. It is famously paired with stark black and white to produce a classic combination. Usually found in a modern design, more traditional interiors use a toned rendition: charcoal, linen, and burgundy.

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Room decor with rich deep red interior.

When this rich hue is used for walls, window treatments, and furnishings, it creates a powerful invitation to enjoy the warmth and cozy feeling, intensified by the small dimensions of the room.

Which paint gives a good ruby red color? Benjamin Moore has a shade called ‘Ruby Red’ in their Color Preview  collection. ‘Ruby Dusk’ by the same brand is a very dark shade for a different effect or as an accent. Sherwin-Williams has an eggshell interior selection named ‘Ruby Red Slippers’. Explore your favorite brand line to see if they carry choices with the jeweled name and color.

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Sparks of interest bring a color scheme alive when a soupçon of ruby red is added. I love this color as part of a white kitchen. It brings warmth to winter holidays and combines well with other primaries for any time of year.

To Sum It Up

Rubies are prized for their beauty and endurance ( due to their hardness), they symbolize all the feelings of their color: warmth of love and passion, strong emotions of anger and lust, life force and protection. From ancient times they were rated as one of the top gems for loveliness and value.

The color has a stimulating effect and draws attention more than any other. If you want to stir things up, use the deep jewel red.

It is a strong color and might be “too much of a good thing” for some, but it holds a place of admiration and desire in the hearts of most cultures and many people.