This week’s MotD theme: Mineral Orbs
Rikoo, a company in Beijing China with an office in the state of Washington, offers, in their words, “everything amazing in gemstones and crystals” including this beautiful 1.9″ diameter ruby sphere (see more images of this ruby from link). Rubies are gems of the mineral corundum.
It partly inspired this week’s Mandala of the Week mandala design. It’s an interesting mix of red and magenta with some spots of dark purple and lines and spots of light pink.
From Geology.com about Rubies:
Some gem-quality corundum contains trace amounts of chromium. A very small amount of chromium gives corundum a pink color. Larger amounts of chromium increase the color saturation of the stone and produce a gem with a deeper red color. To be considered a “ruby,” a corundum should have a color between orangey red and a slightly purplish red. The most desirable color is a pure vibrant red.
Very few specimens of corundum have a natural color within the range required for a ruby. Very few also have the clarity required to produce a nice faceted stone. Long ago, people who prepared gem materials for cutting discovered that heating rubies under controlled conditions can intensify their color. Heating can also cause inclusions to become less visible and improve the clarity of a gem.
From Healing Crystals For You about the metaphysical properties of rubies:
One of this stone’s alchemical properties is to impart a sense of bliss, as well as encouraging a desire for life. It will aid you by helping you to recharge your energy levels.
…This beautiful red stone allows you to see your own strength, and your creative potential from a heart based perspective.
…It encourages leadership and increased concentration, with sharpness of intellect. Its energy may assist you with clear visualization, through its stimulation of the pineal gland.
View more of Rikoo’s collection of rubies via their online shop.
Inspiration for Today
Rikoo’s ruby orb encourages us to follow our bliss, that which makes our hearts sing. Even if we can only do so for 5-10 minutes a day, we exponentially increase our potential to do more of what we love in bigger amounts of time.
For those of us who may struggle with determining what our “bliss” is, start paying attention to the area around our hearts throughout the day. Notice when it seems uplifted and when it seems downtrodden. What were we doing or what was happening when we recognized a shift in our hearts? For those instances where we felt uplifted, do more of what makes that happen!
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