I had no idea that Rubies were so precious….In the world of gemstones, it is considered the King of Gemstones and the undisputed ruler…..Nor did I know that rubies and sapphires are the same mineral…corundum…the difference is the trace elements that cause the color.
Red corundum is the only color that is classified as a ruby. All other colors of corundum are classified as sapphires….the relationship between the ruby and sapphire has only been known since the beginning of the 19th century.
For thousands of years, the ruby has been considered the most valuable gemstone on earth……It is extremely rare especially in it’s finer qualities and has on occasion brought triple the amount of money paid at auction than a diamond of equal quality……and we always said a “Diamond was girl’s best friend.” Who knew we picked the wrong stone…….
On the Moh’s scale of hardness, 10 being the hardest, the ruby is a 9.
It is commonly believed that it is a ruby that is mentioned in Exodus 28:17…And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.
It is the sardius, which is odem in Hebrew(according to Stongs), that was believed to be a ruby. This is also the stone that represented the Tribe of Reuben.
Hmmmm…..this must make one think then, if a ruby is considered more valuable than a diamond, and a virtuous women more valuable than a ruby….then the Proverbs 31 Wife,Mother,Weaver of Fabric, Gardener and all around Women was indeed priceless in the eyes of her family.
Proverbs 31:10…..Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
I always wondered why Solomon used the Ruby in that verse….now I know.