The fiery and captivating ruby is a stone of nobility, considered the most magnificent of all gems, the queen of stones and the stone of kings. Natural ruby is a precious gemstone that has mystical powers and its association with true and absolute luxury are legendary. Natural ruby is one of four “precious” gemstones (including diamond, emerald and sapphire) known for its rarity, monetary value, and hardness (second only to diamond. All-natural rubies have imperfections within them, including color impurities and inclusions of rutile needles known as “silk.” These inclusions help distinguish natural ruby from synthetics and when structurally oriented, so the light shines off the “silk” in certain ways, the inclusions increase the rarity and value of the stone. Ruby’s intense energy sharpens the mind, bringing a heightened awareness and excellent concentration. It promotes a courageous attitude and may increase one’s success in controversies and disputes.