The fiery and captivating Ruby is a stone of nobility, considered the most magnificent of all gems. Ancients believed it surpassed all other precious stones in virtue, and its value exceeded even that of the Diamond. Revered in many cultures throughout history, Ruby has always been a talisman of passion, protection and prosperity. It symbolizes the sun, and its glowing hue suggests an inextinguishable flame within the stone. It was worn as an amulet or charm to ward off plague and pestilence, warned its wearer of impending danger, kept the body safe, and banished sadness and foolish thoughts. It was reputed to bring its owner peace, drive away frightful dreams, restrain lust, and to help resolve disputes.