Star Rubies, Star Sapphires are members of the same family. All three stones are corundum with different additional elements which change the colour and properties of the stone. On the Mohs Scale for hardness they are 9 - the scale runs 1-10 - 1 being talc and 10 being Diamond.
Star Rubies are extremely rare, only three in every one hundred rubies or sapphires mined have asterism (a star). In those three it breaks down even further, one with star beautifully but have poor colour, one will have great colour but a poor star and the third will have a good star and great colour. Typically these are small stones, larger Star Rubies or Sapphires are very rare.
Healers and Shaman for centuries have said that Ruby stimulates the flow of life force energy throughout the entire physical and spiritual body. It is the gemstone of the Sixth Ray, the ray of devotion, selfless service and Bhakti. Star Ruby assists one to be more open and still express love for yourself and to connect to the love of the Cosmic Christ. It is believed they were worn by the High Priests and Priestesses in Atlantis and that abuse and manipulation of their power was a major factor in the downfall of Atlantis. Psychics have claimed to have seen the etheric imprint of the Great Star Ruby of Atlantis from the High Temple currently on the sea bed, the stone itself having been destroyed.
Ruby is believed to be helpful for those that have suffered abuse (of all kinds) and for those those suffering from addiction or self of abusing patterns. It is a stone of strength and encourage that inspires one to open the protective energies of one's character. As the stone of nobility, Ruby helps you to refine your character and it is said to ensure success in battle. A star ruby is considered to be a particularly potent protection against all forms of magic.
In the Sanskrit language ruby is called "ratnaraj," which translates as "King of Gemstones." In ancient times one of the chief attractions of ruby has been its protection from misfortune and bad health. In the Ancient World, as well as in the Middle Ages, people believed that the cosmos is reflected in gemstones. Ruby is assigned to the planets Mars and Pluto. It is believed by occultists that Star Rubies should be worn on the Index or Ring Finger of the Right Hand (if you are right handed, or left hand if you are left handed) to draw money and abundance into your life, and to strength the healing and magical work you are doing. However, it is good practice in the modern world to remove all rings and jewellery during hands-on-healing. Star Ruby helps in the focus of healing energies and chosen pathways.
Star Ruby is said to promote dreaming and tends to stimulate connection between the self and your spirit guides. It assists in purifying, and correcting disoriented energy which leads to atrophy. Star Ruby helps to align the auric and physical bodies as one. Star Ruby an excellent stone for releasing blocks which keep you from following your spiritual path.
When purchasing a Star Ruby be aware of the colour, clarity and the origin of the stone. Lab grown star ruby looks too good to be true, they are often glassey and the colour often looks artificial but higher quality stones may not be so obvious to spot.
Originally produced for the manufacturing industry, lab grown rubies are similar in appearance to the natural gemstone but do not have the same chemical, physical and metaphysical properties. It is also worth noting that heat treatment is believed by many to negatively affect the life-force of the stone, some psychics claim it kills the Deva or elemental who resides within the stone - this is true of all crystals / minerals which we may use in healing.