The ruby means a life of peace, health and contentment. One’s land and garden will be safe from storms and the future filled with good fortune and security.
‘To His Coy Mistress’ was written circa 1650 at a time when rubies were sold by druggists as cures for various ills. The famous “ruby elixir” was created by a secret method for wealthy patients. It was placed on the tongue, which subsequently became cold and heavy, as did the fingers and toes. This was followed by violent shivering. When these effects had disappeared, the cure was considered complete. The stone was also used as a disinfectant in certain dread diseases. In the previous century Ivan the Terrible declared the ruby to be very good for the heart, brain and memory and an excellent blood purifier.