Fire and blood: rubies in myth, magic, and history

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The ruby, a symbol of passion, greed, and magic, has been credited with healing powers by ancient sages and modern crystal healers alike. Morgan (religion and philosophy, Wilson College) considers the scientific, economic, mythological, and spiritual facets of the ruby in this exploration for general readers, history buffs, and gem lovers. She relates the great stones and great heists of the ruby world, describes legends centered on the ruby, and details the wars fought over these blood-red gems. She also explains how rubies are formed in the earth, and discusses the creation of synthetic rubies. Because the ruby is so central to Hindu mythology, there is much information on the history and symbolism of the ruby in India. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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table_of_contents The conundrum of corundum -- Birth of the stone -- The heart of the matter and a matter of the heart -- Caste, color, and cost -- The mines of Myanmar and elsewhere -- The king of stones--and the stone of kings -- Magic in the stone -- Synthetic rubies, fake rubies, and no rubies at all.
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