Red is the color most often associated with love and romance. Traditionally associated with anger, red symbolizes the passionate side of love. It is associated with courtly love, chivalry and romantic love. Rubies are known by many as being the most romantic of all stones, but there are lesser-known gems treasured by many for their associations with love. So what are the best red gemstones to celebrate your love with?
Ruby is the most romantic gemstone of all. No other gem shares the strength of its association with love and passion. Ruby, which is the red member of the corundum family, is often given as a gift to show the strength of one’s relationship. You might not know that the only difference between Ruby and Sapphire is color – trace amounts of chromium cause the rich red color of Ruby.
Rubies are often used by crystal healers as it is said to increase your energy and help you to feel more positive about your body. This confidence boost can also boost sexual desire and sociability and is said to attract new love. It is also said that putting a Ruby under your pillow at night will help you remember your dreams. Star Rubies have the same properties as Rubies but the effect is amplified. They are also said to be at their strongest at the full moon. After Diamonds, Rubies are the hardest gem, so a Ruby gift should last a lifetime or more.
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After Ruby, Garnet is the next most romantic gemstone. Said to symbolize eternity, Garnets have long been regarded as being a gift from the heart. You might not be aware that along with their famous red hues, Garnets are also found in orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, black, pink, colorless and color changing varieties. Technically a gem family, Garnet gets its name from the Latin word ‘granatus’, since it forms in a similar shape to a pomegranate seed. The earliest example of Garnet being used in jewelry is in a necklace found on an Egyptian mummy, dating as far back as 3500BC.
Garnet is said to symbolize commitment, honesty and faith. Used by spiritual healers to help with issues surrounding self-confidence and to encourage inspiration and creativity, it is also said to clarify your purpose in life. Garnets have some of the most fascinating legends of any stone, and many of these stories are about a legendary Garnet that can fill a room with light. The most famous of all is of a Garnet being used by Noah to illuminate his ark! Not only is it a popular gift to give to your loved one, but it is believed to enhance intimacy and sensuality.
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If you’re after something a little more unusual, a stunning piece of Rhodonite is hard to beat! Often confused with the similarly-named Rhodochrosite (both derive their name from the Greek word ‘rhodon’ meaning ‘rose’), Rhodonite tends to be a darker stone with black manganese veins running through it. The striking pink-to-red color with a dark background is extremely striking and evokes a fiery, passionate response.
Rhodonite is said to align with the Heart Chakra, which works to promote relaxation and to open the heart to unconditional love. It is also said to increase a sense of self-worth and selfless duty to mankind. It is also claimed to give confidence in romantic matters, to attract and enhance love and to help mend a broken heart, making it the perfect treat!
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