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. 


March 19, 2007 - Posted by | Bible Study


  1. Add to this how strong women of the Lord can be. (unfortunately how hardheaded we can be as well)

    Comment by apuritanlady | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  2. Maybe it is because we can be so stubborn and hardheaded that we are compared to Rubies…

    Comment by gingerporter | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  3. That must be it…but that doesn’t fall under the “virtue” category 😀

    Comment by apuritanlady | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. I still like diamonds!

    Comment by chocolatechic | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  5. That’s okay…they are still the hardest stone….and can be very blingy!!!

    Comment by gingerporter | March 19, 2007 | Reply

  6. I new I loved rubies for a reason!!!

    Comment by sleepymamma | March 20, 2007 | Reply

  7. I have always preferred rubies t o any other stone but they are very rare now and very expensive. I have a ruby ring but the grade of ruby is not very good but it is still one of my favorite pieces of jewlery.

    Comment by celticmuse | March 21, 2007 | Reply

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