The Ruby is a very special gemstone, one of the most precious gems. The colour of the Ruby is red which symbolises passion and love. The name comes from the Latin word for red, rubeus. Ruby's red is strong and glowing, it amplifies energy, courage, success and love. Ruby's are a very strong material, nearly as tough as a diamond, measuring 9 on the Mohs scale. It is a scarce and sort after gemstone.