Ruby is the birthstone for Leo and- is one of the best gemstones for jewellery settings. Rubies are one of the four precious gemstones alongside emeralds, sapphies and diamonds.  They are considered to increase vitality and bring power to the wearer, propelling one towards prosperity and achievement. They are also associated with beauty, love and wisdom. A ruby also initiates the sensual pleasures of life and increases sexual energy and wisdom.

Leading countries for ruby mining include Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar and Burma.