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Unlike other birthstones, there are few rivals to its throne, it’s the queen of the birthstones! Since first making an appearance on a high priest’s breastplate, which many believe to be the origin of our modern birthstones, ruby has besotted all with its fiery passion. It is thought to improve one’s success in controversies, encouraging gentleness and discouraging violence.
This stunning birthstone has been worn by royalty in India and Southeast Asia for generations. It has been believed that rubies contained drops of Mother Earth’s blood. Rubies have been highly sought-after because they have been thought to hold the key to life itself. Today, Ruby is believed to encourage love, passion, joy and confidence.
Rubies aren’t just beautiful stones; they have healing properties. Some ancient civilizations used rubies to relieve inflammation, heal wounds and stimulate the Heart Chakra. It has energizing properties. If you’re having trouble staying motivated or getting active, wearing a ruby will give you that confidence to power through a day and make the most of it.
Onyx derives from the Greek word for ‘claw’ or ‘fingernail’. It has an interesting origin story. As the myth goes, the goddess Venus was resting on the banks of a river, as she slept, Cupid used the point of one of his arrows to give her a manicure. The pairings of her nails fell into the river and sank to the bottom, creating onyx. Onyx is an invaluable gift of wise decisions. It calms nervousness, quells anxiety, soothes hot tempers and brings reason to passion.
The noble Onyx is indeed an ancient stone, known and used by some of the earliest civilisations. It’s powerful energy and somber loveliness is associated with the Root Chakra. Onyx is well known as the grounding stone that encourages you to feel safe in its presence.
Once you set the intention that the stone will guard against any negative influences, the stone then creates its magic. It’s a stone of release and the elixir of fear. It recognizes and integrates dualities in yourself.