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January 1st, 2024

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As we usher in the Year of the Dragon during the Lunar New Year on February 10, 2024, it's a fitting time to explore the rich history and contemporary significance of one of the most revered gemstones throughout the ages – the ruby. A gemstone of profound cultural and symbolic importance, the ruby has captivated hearts and minds across civilizations, playing a pivotal role in various aspects of human history and cultural traditions.

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Ancient gem's power and prestige                        

The allure of rubies dates back thousands of years. In ancient cultures, rubies were often associated with power, passion, and protection. The deep red hue of this gemstone was believed to possess mystical properties, with some cultures considering it a talisman against evil forces and a conduit to good fortune.

The ancient civilizations of India held rubies in particularly high regard. Known as the 'Ratnaraj' or 'King of Gems', rubies were considered more precious than any other gemstone. The Sanskrit word for ruby, 'ratnaraj', reflects the gemstone's royal status and its deep connection to leadership and authority. In Burmese culture, rubies were believed to provide protection to warriors in battle. The Burmese believed that wearing rubies would render the wearer invincible, and throughout history, Burmese rubies have been some of the most sought-after and valuable gems.

modern elegance, timeless beauty            

Fast forward to the present day, and the ruby continues to hold its esteemed position in the world of gemstones. Known for its durability and brilliance, the ruby is often incorporated into high end jewellery pieces, symbolizing love, passion, and vitality. The modern approach to rubies involves both the appreciation of their historical significance and the exploration of their scientific and aesthetic qualities. The contemporary jewellery market features a wide array of ruby designs, from classic solitaire rings to custom designs. The vivid red hue of rubies continues to be a symbol of passion, making them a popular choice for everything from engagement rings to anniversary gifts. However, rubies are not limited to traditional designs; they are increasingly being used in modern, abstract pieces, reflecting the evolving tastes of today's consumers.

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lunar luck and love            

As we celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon this year, the ruby takes on added significance. In Chinese culture, red is considered a symbol of good luck, prosperity, and happiness. It's a color associated with joy and celebration, and what better gemstone to embody these qualities than the ruby with its radiant red hue?

During the Lunar New Year festivities, individuals often exchange gifts as a gesture of good wishes for the coming year. A ruby, with its rich cultural history and symbolic significance, becomes a meaningful and auspicious gift. Whether set in an elegant pendant, a pair of earrings, or an intricately designed bracelet, a ruby serves as a timeless expression of love, prosperity, and good fortune.

dragon's charm and influence            

The dragon, a powerful and mythical creature in Chinese culture, is associated with strength, courage, and good luck. Combining the symbolism of the dragon with the vibrant red of rubies creates a potent symbol of positive energy and auspicious beginnings. Individuals born in the Year of the Dragon are believed to be charismatic, ambitious, and blessed with good fortune – qualities that resonate with the timeless beauty and allure of the ruby. As we enter the Year of the Dragon during the Lunar New Year, the timeless allure of rubies continues to shine bright. From ancient civilizations to the modern era, the ruby's rich history, cultural significance, and aesthetic appeal make it a gemstone that transcends time and borders. Whether worn as a symbol of love, prosperity, or protection, the ruby remains a timeless and cherished gemstone, weaving its way into the hearts and traditions of those who appreciate its beauty and significance.

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So, as you celebrate the Lunar New Year, consider the profound symbolism of the ruby – a gemstone that encapsulates the spirit of joy, good fortune, and the enduring power of love. At Humbertown Jewellers, our graduate gemologists and specialists can help you celebrate Lunar New Year with the perfect stone, the perfect piece of jewellery or design something truly unique.