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The history of the ruby may – or may not – go back to the breastplate of Aaron. By some accounts, the stones in the first row of the ‘hoshen’, the breastplate of judgment, are the topaz, the emerald, and the jasper. In other accounts, the ruby is in and the jasper is out. If that is true, then the ruby represents the tribe of Benjamin, Jacob’s 12th son. Some time later, the apostle Peter came to be linked symbolically with the ruby.

In numerous medieval works on gemstones, the ruby is mentioned as the “stone on Aaron’s neck”. Also, the ruby is referred to as the lord of the stones. It has also been segregated – male stones are dark rubies, while the lighter rubies are called female.

As they did with human beings, Hindus separated rubies into castes. There were four of them running from the padamaraga, or the Brahmin ruby to the baras-ruby, or Sudra – the most powerful to the least powerful insofar as symbolic properties are concerned.

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