Ruby, the birthstone of July, is believed to have many healing properties. The stone is associated with the Sun, and was believed by the ancients to preserve physical and mental health of an individual. In the Middle Ages, the stone was thought to have prophetic powers, darkening when danger was imminent. Ivan the Terrible, Russian despot, believed that the ruby was good for the heart, brain and memory. Sources reveal a thirteenth century prescription to cure liver problems with powered ruby. Rubies were believed to purge the body of toxins, restore youth and vitality when rubbed on the skin.
Physically, rubies are believed to energize and bring balance to the body, stimulate the heart Chakra and spur a passion for life. Emotionally, the stone is believed to motivate the wearer to achieve goals, acquire leadership skills and amass wealth. Few believe the ruby is the stone of love and passion, and enhances sexual activity.